ANZEA Conference 2022
10 - 12 October 2022 | Te Papa, Wellington
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Tuesday, October 11 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
D.04 Evaluative synthesis: pitfalls and tips

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Evaluative synthesis is the culmination of the eval reasoning process. It brings together evidence and values about whatever is being evaluated to make an evaluative judgement. Getting evaluative synthesis right is an ethical responsibility for evaluators because evaluation is used to make decisions about ongoing funding, expansion or other changes. Evaluation synthesis can be challenging but is not discussed much in the literature or in professional development opportunities. Yet it is explicitly mentioned within two domains of the Aotearoa New Zealand competencies.

This extended presentation will focus on what it takes to do competent reasoning at the synthesis stage of an evaluation, based on our experience of teaching emerging evaluators in a Masters-level course on evaluation practice. We will cover:

  1. What is evaluative synthesis and why is it important? 
  2. What are common pitfalls?  
  3. Practical tips and resources for doing it well. 

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Mathea Roorda

Senior consultant, Allen + Clarke
Values inform what matters, and are at the heart of evaluation. You literally can't get to an evaluative judgement without them. I'm interested in approaches to systematically identifying what matters, and for whom. Come talk with me about the values identification matrix (VIM) I... Read More →
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Christine Roseveare

Lecturer, Massey University
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Amy Gullickson

Associate Professor, Director, Centre for Program Evaluation, The University of Melbourne
Associate Professor Amy Gullickson is the Director of the University of Melbourne Centre for Program Evaluation, which has been delivering evaluation and research services, thought leadership, and qualifications for more than 30 years. She is also a co-founder and current chair of... Read More →

Tuesday October 11, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm NZDT