Mana Whaikaha Developmental Evaluation - Announcement
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A contract for developmental evaluation services to support the Try, Learn and Adjust approach to Mana Whaikaha began on 25 March 2019. The developmental evaluation will help us figure out how things are working and to see where improvements can be made.
The contract is held by independent evaluators Allen + Clarke. The developmental evaluation itself will be joint work between Allen + Clarke and Standards and Monitoring Services (SAMS). Nan Wehipeihana will also be involved in her capacity as a developmental evaluation expert and as the lead on engagement with Māori.
Having a range of evaluation experts involved in the Mana Whaikaha developmental evaluation will ensure there is a broad range of skills, knowledge and expertise required for this large and complex piece of work.
The developmental evaluators will use lots of different ways to get information about how things are working and to understand where improvements are needed. This means developmental evaluators may be in touch with people living and working in MidCentral from time to time to find out how things are working for you and your whānau. The feedback you provide will help the team to make changes and improve Mana Whaikaha so it is delivering the best possible experience and is helping you to achieve the life you want.
Who are Allen + Clarke?
Allen + Clarke is a public policy consultancy that works in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific. They have 55 staff who provide research, evaluation, policy, business change and programme support services across a broad range of sectors. Their company’s purpose is to “… mobilise passionate and capable people to tackle the challenges facing society”. Please see our website for more details.
Allen + Clarke has a number of staff and partners with health sector expertise. Their people work closely for and with the Ministry of Health and other health sector clients to support their design, delivery and evaluation of services to the public and key stakeholders.
Since April 2015, Allen + Clarke has provided stakeholder management services to Disability Support Services (DSS) in the Ministry of Health. This has involved providing meeting management support to two groups: the DSS Consumer Consortium and Te Ao Mārama. The DSS Consumer Consortium is a collective of individuals from national disability organisations who provide input and advice to DSS on its planning, policy and service development. Te Ao Mārama is made up of consumer representatives, providers and the Ministry of Health. The role of this group is to discuss Whāia Te Ao Mārama (Māori Disability Action Plan 2018-22) and the priority areas to enable Māori disabled to achieve their aspirations and to reduce barriers that may impede Māori disabled and their whānau from gaining better outcomes.
Who are Standards and Monitoring Services?
Standards and Monitoring Services (SAMS) is a national evaluation and education organisation that is governed by disabled people and families. SAMS has been conducting evaluations in the disability community since 1979 and 80% of SAMS trained and experienced evaluators are disabled people or family members. SAMs has been involved in developmental approaches to evaluation since the mid-1990s.
Who is Nan Wehipeihana?
Nan is an independent Māori evaluator with tribal affiliations to Ngāti Tukorehe, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau a Apanui. Nan has more than 20 years of evaluation and research experience with whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori. Nan is a co-author of Developmental Evaluation Exemplars, Principles in Practice with Michael Quinn Patton and Kate McKegg and a co-founder of the Developmental Evaluation Institute. Nan is a past recipient of the Australian Evaluation Society Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award in 2000 and 2013.
Who to contact if you have questions about the developmental evaluation?
If you have any questions about the evaluation, you are welcome to contact the project lead and manager Fiona Scott-Melton or the Ministry of Health by email.