ANZEA Conference 2022
10 - 12 October 2022 | Te Papa, Wellington
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Monday, October 10 • 5:00pm - 5:30pm
D.03 Bicultural evaluation: critical moments in our (ongoing) journey

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We will share our journey as Māori and Pākehā evaluators of a bicultural education programme.

This firmly speaks to Stream 3 of the conference, “celebrating our work of today, talking about what we have learnt and challenges being faced doing evaluative work”. Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in Schools is a financial capability programme for secondary school students, led by Te Ara Ahunga Ora Retirement Commission. The programme is available for English-medium schools and Māori-medium kura. Te whai hua – kia ora resources are underpinned by te reo Māori, tikanga Māori, and mātauranga Māori. They are not a translation of English medium resources available in Sorted in Schools.

We are evaluating the complete programme Te whai hua – kia ora, Sorted in Schools within one evaluation. The evaluation is designed as a mixed-methods adaptive evaluation. The Māori medium strand is underpinned and guided by Kaupapa Māori methodology. Now in our third year, we have learned much along the way.

This presentation will focus on critical moments in our journey as a team, and with our clients (also Māori and non-Māori).
This includes:
  • Evaluation framework and criteria development in a bicultural evaluation and how this has shifted significantly over the three years 
  • Use of pattern spotting as an analytical tool to surface key findings within and across Te whai hua – kia ora and Sorted in Schools. 
If we have time, we will also talk about making evaluative judgements across both programmes, including the challenge of navigating differences, and ways we have woven these together in a single report. This evaluation is influencing change in financial capability education, as Te Ara Ahunga Ora are very responsive to findings reported in each phase. It is also influencing our practice as evaluators. We look forward to sharing our work with you.

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Jo MacDonald

New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER)
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Nicola Bright

Kairangahau Matua, NZCER

Monday October 10, 2022 5:00pm - 5:30pm NZDT