Making sense of evaluation: A handbook for the social sector

10 July 2017

Here at Superu, we have been immersed in the challenge of evaluation and how best to support New Zealand’s social sector to get better at it.

Evidence-informed approaches, like social investment, need all participants to be able to use evidence and to think about evaluation.

Superu has been developing a suite of resources, with input from the community and voluntary sector and government funders, designed to improve the social sector’s awareness, understanding and use of evidence and evaluation. The handbook, Making sense of evaluation, complements and adds to these resources.

The handbook is based on material used in face-to-face training sessions, and refined after feedback from users and input from peer reviewers. It is intended as an introduction to the main concepts and language of evaluation, and points users to a range of other resources that provide more detail on specific aspects.

Designed as a generic resource for New Zealand users, the handbook will be of value to those working in government agencies, social sector organisations (large or small) and philanthropic bodies.

A key associated resource is an online glossary, designed to break down the jargon often associated with evaluation and present key concepts clearly and simply.

The handbook sits alongside Superu’s recently published toolkit – Getting your organisation ready to do evaluations. The toolkit aims to stimulate thinking and talking about evaluation in a structured way, which will help organisations prepare themselves to do evaluation well.

Last update: 14 Sep 2017