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The inaugural Developmental Evaluation Convening aims to take a deep dive into the practice of developmental evaluation, exploring, unpacking and engaging participants in what it means to practice evaluation using principles as guides. Participants will be equipped with the confidence, mindset and motivation, as well as with new skills and tools to engage in developmental evaluation practice in their own settings.

Who should attend?

The convening is aimed at mid-level and experienced evaluators, AS WELL AS their community partners.  For the learning to be really deep, meaningful and practical, we encourage those evaluators attending to support or find support for a community partner to also attend, so that both of you may apply the learning when you return home.

We also strongly encourage indigenous participants to attend, as we will be offering an indigenous stream of learning throughout for indigenous participants. This will be facilitated by two of the world’s leading indigenous evaluators and facilitators.

Why attend?

The need for people in communities and organisations to innovate has never been greater, as we face local, regional, national and global challenges to our way of lives, our environments, and our cultures.

Developmental evaluation supports practitioners and people in communities and organisations to develop and innovate, as well as to track, monitor and evaluate in real time, as initiatives are developing, being implemented and being evaluated. 

Developmental Evaluation offers a fresh approach to evaluating social innovation and community-led change. Using a set of guiding principles, rather than rules, Developmental Evaluation is situational, contextual, culturally responsive and ethical.

How will the Convening be organised?

The learning will be designed in a workshop format that is highly participative, relational and will include local and experiential opportunities to reinforce and challenge thinking and practice.  There will be sessions designed for the whole group, as well as a selection of other sessions that participants can choose from.  There will be a strong emphasis on creativity as a mode for learning as well as an approach for evaluation.

Learning outcomes

After the convening, participants will be able to:

  • Understand where developmental evaluation can be used
  • Understand how to use principles as guides for innovation and evaluation
  • Apply the developmental evaluation principles in their own contexts
  • Critically unpack and examine their own values and principles in a way that enhances their evaluation practice and other’s experience of evaluation
  • Apply and use several cutting edge developmental evaluation tools and methods.


Facilitation team

Nan Wehipeihana – Nan has more than 15 years experience in designing, leading and managing evaluation and research projects. Nan specializes in evaluation and research with a focus on Maori (the Indigenous people of New Zealand). Nan's iwi (tribal) affiliations are to Ngāti Porou and Te Whānau-ā-Apanui on the East Coast of the North Island and Ngāti Tukorehe and Ngāti Raukawa, north of Wellington, New Zealand. Nan is widely recognised for her adeptness in managing complex relationships in research, evaluation and policy settings and she is passionate about protecting, evidencing and growing the space to be Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Nora F. Murphy - Nora has a broad set of experiences as an evaluator, researcher, and educator. She has nearly twenty years working with people to support learning and social change. Her primary approach to evaluation is to view programs and people as fundamentally interrelated. Nora’s evaluations are utilization-focused, and seek to weave connections and support change at the intersection of learning, arts, and social justice. Nora is a founding member of TerraLuna Collaborative and serves as the Principal Visionary Officer.

Kate McKegg - Kate has specialist skills in developmental evaluation as well as policy and programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, teaching, training and facilitation. She has 20 years applying these skills in many sectors, including environment, education, health, social development, Māori and indigenous development, sport, broadcasting, employment, and housing. She is a founding member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), and is the current deputy convenor.Kate has a unique blend of grounded evaluation, research and policy experience, coupled with a strong theoretical grounding in social, political and evaluation theory. 

Kataraina Pipi – Kataraina is a facilitator, evaluator and composer/musician with an interest in participatory and kaupapa Māori approaches to evaluation. Her expertise traverses evaluation, research, facilitation, training and singing/songwriting. She is the National PATH Facilitation Trainer  and is a Master TetraMap Facilitator. She enjoys the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in ways that enable a diverse range of perspectives to unravel the ‘magic’ of initiatives to find out what really works, in what ways and for whom.

Andy Rafael Johnson – Andy is a Kimbilio Fiction Fellow. A graduate of the University of Texas and The University of Alabama. His work has appeared in Callaloo, Kweli Journal, African American Review, and Excavating Honesty: An Anthology of Rage and Hope in America. His latest novel, ‘The Through’ has been nominated for the 2018 Minnesota Book Award in Fiction. He has co-produced Writer’s Resist – Twin Cities and Banned Together. Johnson is currently finishing a collection of short stories called Okahika. He currently teaches Magical Realism at The Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He also writes UNOFFICIAL, which helps readers navigate and resist the Trump Administration. He also co-owns TerraLuna Collaborative, a consulting firm based in Minneapolis.



The Convening costs $2,400.00 USD for five days, including accommodation, all meals, local activities, transport to and from the airport.  Travel to and from Bali is not included.


Registration at the cost of $2,400 will be accepted through March 31, 2018. Registrations April 1-April 7 will be accepted at the cost of $2,700. Registration after April 7 is subject to avaiability.

To register:

  1. Read our terms and conditions. 
  2. Complete the registration form for invoicing and payment.
  3. Provide us with your travel itinerary and other guest information. A form will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment.

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