Local Resources

In Aotearoa New Zealand, online resources to support the building of evidence and evaluation are growing significantly. This section presents a few of the main resources. It gives a brief description of each.

Search the Community Research online directory of researchers to find a local, skilled researcher who works with iwi and communities. Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) is developing an online directory of New Zealand evaluators.

Key Resources

Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association

(ANZEA) promotes sound evaluation practice and theory and is a membership organisation that you can join. ANZEA has an annual conference and provides resources, news and events on its site.

Capturing Change

This website aims to support those involved in social change, to evaluate their work. Created by Point Research in 2012, this site helps people understand how to use evaluation and reflective thinking to improve their effectiveness.


This Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (SUPERU) aims to increase the use of evidence by the social sector so that it can improve the lives of New Zealanders. It contains useful research evidence, including evaluation results.

Social Value Aotearoa

This is another membership organisation that you can join and it’s linked to an international social value site.

It concentrates on ways to account for social value, including social return on investment.

Mā te Rae

Mā te Rae is the Māori Evaluation Association.

Currently being formed, it provides a valuable network of support and professional development for Māori working in evaluation.

Click here for details and contacts.

Community Research

A ‘sister site’ to What Works, this is a place to find community research and researchers.

New research and evaluation can be uploaded and shared.

Government datasets online

A directory of publicly-available, non-personal datasets.

This site does not hold data, but instead links to datasets held on other government websites.

Social change toolkit for community projects

Managed and funded by the Think Differently campaign team, this site supports community projects aimed at social change.

It includes a range of tips and links for evaluations.

Whānau Ora Research

Another ‘sister site’ to What Works, it gathers research about Whānau Ora, communities and whānau. It shares it with a broader audience, creates a hub for researchers, iwi and community organisations to share their ideas, and advocate good practice in community research.

Evaluating community development

Community Waitakere worked with Innovate Change to support the community sector to undertake thorough evaluation. Funded by the Lotteries Community Sector Research Fund, the resources provide community development evaluation methods, social wellbeing measures and case studies of evaluation frameworks for community development organisations.

Inspiring Communities worked with a number of communities and organisations around Aotearoa New Zealand to develop a set of community-led development indicators. A discussion document with the draft set of indicators is available on the Inspiring Communities website.