The SHORE & Whariki Research Centre team has a strong history of evaluating a wide range of programmes primarily in public health, health promotion, social services, and education. We are passionate about providing useful evaluations. Our work uses a Kaupapa Maori evaluation approach, the Easy Evaluation framework and a combination of approaches.


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Kaupapa Maori evaluation

Te Ropu Whariki takes a leading role in developing Kaupapa Maori evaluation approaches and seeks to apply Maori-centred theory and practice to frame the evaluation process.  We have termed this approach Hikoi, meaning to walk, which encompasses the underlying values of approaching evaluation in a way that works alongside providers and stakeholders (Moewaka Barnes, 2009). At the heart of Kaupapa Maori theory and research more generally are considerations of context, power, control and utility. Whariki Research Group have developed our approach to these considerations with over 20 years’ experience working in evaluations with Maori providers and communities.

Easy Evaluation

SHORE & Whariki evaluators have developed an integrated framework called ‘Easy Evaluation’, based on the work of Jane Davidson (2005). Our framework is directly informed by the approaches outlined on the three branches of the evaluation theory tree – methods, valuing and use (Alkin, Christie & Vo, 2013, p.388). We draw on the methods branch and in particular theory driven evaluation which sets out to determine the key interventions and outcomes of a project or programme. We are also interested in valuing and this branch is about determining the value of a project or programme based on evidence collected about quality and success. Evaluation also needs to be useful both through the process of conducting the evaluation and end use and this relates to the use branch of the theory tree.  

The Easy Evaluation approach consists of seven key steps

1.      Describe the evaluand (i.e. the project, programme, policy etc. that is to be evaluated)
2.      Develop a programme logic model
3.      Establish evaluation priorities and questions
4.      Develop evaluation criteria and performance standards
5.      Collect, analyse and interpret data
6.      Draw evaluative conclusions
7.      Share lessons learned (reporting)

We conduct formative, process and outcome evaluations in a wide range of areas which include: gambling; health and wellbeing; mental health; sexual health and wellbeing; and alcohol and illicit drugs. Our evaluation projects are supported by a strong team of quantitative and qualitative researchers and evaluators. We have expertise in working with different populations e.g. Pacific, Asian, LGBT, Youth, Older People. We are supported by a strong quantitative team and many of our evaluations use a mix of methods.

More information on our Evaluation research here