Tools & Resources

Here you’ll find useful information about research and evaluation, and tools so you can find other resources.

Guide to using administrative data

A short and practical user guide explaining how organisations can best use administrative data.

Evidence rating scale

This is a framework which allows assessment of the quality of evidence on programme effectiveness.

Making sense of evaluation: A handbook for the social sector everyone

A user-friendly handbook designed for those working in New Zealand's social sector who need to know more about how to measure and understand the effectiveness of their programmes.

Evaluation case studies, and what was learned from them

A suite of three publications: two evaluation case studies and a report drawing important learnings from these two evaluations.

Getting your organisation ready to do evaluations

This toolkit provides users with a logical step-by-step and user-friendly guide on how you can enable your organisation to become evaluation-ready.

Evaluation standards

These standards (developed in partnership with ANZEA) promote good quality evaluation in New Zealand. These are relevant for providers, evaluators, participants and users (including funders) of evaluation. 

Resources for funders

Guidance on working collaboratively with providers and a practical checklist for assessing funding applications.

Resources for providers

A step-by-step guide describing the basics of outcomes evaluation.

Finding and appraising evidence

A guide on how to critically appraise evidence.

Cutting through the jargon

A downloadable glossary covering a range of evaluation terms, a  brief definition and explanation for each of them, and listing some alternatives or synonyms you might also come across. 

Search the Hub

The Hub is a one-stop-shop for New Zealand social science government research related to education, health and wellbeing, crime and justice, families, children and young people.

Links to other organisations

We have curated a list of websites in areas such as social science information and networking, overseas research and evaluation organisations, and other links you may find useful.

Read our publishing protocol

Research and evaluation conducted by and for government should represent excellence in social science. We have developed a protocol for the publication of government social research and evaluation.

Last update: 18 Oct 2017