Making sense of guidance on evaluation practice: what’s out there, how to use it

9 March 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Level 10, Terrace Conference Centre, 114 The Terrace.

The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Wellington committee invites you to a lunchtime seminar: “Making sense of guidance on evaluation practice: what’s out there, how to use it.”

Presenter: David Turner, David Turner Research Ltd

David Turner is an independent evaluation practitioner based in Wellington, New Zealand. He is the owner and director of David Turner Research Ltd. He has worked in or for the NZ public sector for over 20 years, in a variety of policy areas that included labour, immigration, employment relations, justice, and housing. He worked in the US public sector before coming to New Zealand, also in the field of research and evaluation. David has chaired the AES ethics committee, has lectured on evaluation at the graduate level, and retains an interest in ethics and other issues of professional practice.


Practitioners of programme evaluation have considerable guidance to consider in the form of codes of practice, ethics guidelines, evaluation standards, and statements of evaluator competencies. There is so much material, much of which presents the same ideas in different ways, that it is hard to know what to pay attention to, and how to use it. Some of the guidance is brief but some is not—the US Program Evaluation Standards run to over 300 pages.

Evaluation practitioners have the greatest use for guidance on practice, but they are not the only audience. Some of the materials are directed to those who commission evaluation work and organisations that employ evaluators, as well as to practitioners themselves.

Evaluation practitioners can draw on this material to guide their clients in understanding their own responsibilities for useful and ethical evaluations.

This seminar is intended to give practitioners a better understanding of the guidance that is available for their use, and how it is relevant to them. David will describe different types of guidance and how they overlap, discussing their underlying purposes and principles. He will draw on examples from New Zealand and Australia as well as other countries such as the US and the UK. He will discuss similarities between them as well as differences in scope and purpose.

Participants will then be asked to talk in small groups about their awareness of ethics guidance in different forms, the extent to which such guidance has influenced their professional work, and how they may want to use it in future.

Date & time: Thursday, 9 March 2017, 12.00 – 1.00 pm
Venue: The session will be hosted by EvaluationConsult at level 10, Terrace Conference Centre, 114 The Terrace.
RSVP: Please RSVP before the event to Josie de Boer at