Evaluation and Research Projects

Here is a selection of evaluation and research projects that have been published by clients.


Envirolink Evaluation

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment commissioned us to review the Envirolink scheme and inform them of:
* how well the scheme operates, and
* whether it achieved its intended outcomes and provided value for money.
This was the first review of the scheme since it commenced in 2005.

The results of the review were positive and we rated the scheme very good overall. The review also provided evidence that the scheme makes a worthwhile and valuable contribution in supporting eligible councils to engage with and use environmental science and support uptake by users. The report’s recommendations will inform future funding decisions relating to Envirolink.


Regional Growth Programme Evaluation

The Regional Growth Programme (RGP) Evaluation was commissioned by MBIE and MPI. It assessed whether the RGP worked as intended. The evaluation reviewed some aspects of the RGP implementation, systems and processes. It assessed the value of the results so far.

This evaluation focused on ways government agencies worked with each other. It also considered ways central agencies liaised with the regional stakeholders and with Māori in the regions. It was not an evaluation of regional economic progress. Lessons learned at central, regional and project levels may inform future regional initiatives.

The evaluation team included: Judy Oakden, Kataraina Pipi, Kellie Spee, Michelle Moss, Roxanne Smith, and Julian King.

There are four documents linked to this evaluation

The Regional Growth Programme Evaluation Report (103 pages) – full evaluation findings and methodology

Three infographics which provide:

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Sustainable Farming Fund Evaluation   

The Evaluation of the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) provided an independent, formal assessment confirming the SFF’s value. It also provided information to help ensure the SFF is well-positioned for the future by aligning more closely with Government objectives.

Judy Oakden led the evaluation of the Sustainable Farming Fund (SFF) with team members; Julian King and Dr Will Allen. 

Three Case Studies: a companion document to the SFF Evaluation (46 pages):

  • Protecting the sustainability of New Zealand vineyards
  • Top of the South: Setting an example for sustainable water quality
  • Sustainable development and podocarp restoration on Tuawhenua lands.
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Evaluation of stakeholder perceptions of the implementation of the Waste Minimisation Act

The evaluation of stakeholder perceptions of the implementation of the Waste Minimisation Act, looked into waste stakeholders’ perceptions of the early implementation phase of the Waste Minimisation Act, and the short-term outcomes (20092010). This baseline evaluation of stakeholder perceptions was undertaken by the Ministry for the Environment with consultants Judy Oakden and Kate McKegg of the Kinnect Group in late 2010. The evaluation used ‘a mix of focus groups, key informant interviews and an online survey of 325 stakeholders’.

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Journeys of clinicians who embrace peer workers in their practices (2011) 

Judy Oakden led this project to uncover and document the journeys of clinicians who embrace peer workers in their practice for Wellink Trust, with Kate McKegg.

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Characteristics of good peer support (2009)

Judy Oakden worked with Kate McKegg to determine the characteristics of good peer support for Wellink Trust.

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Wellington’s knowledge economy — coming to grips with technology change 

In response to concerns about the state of the economy and employment opportunities in the greater Wellington region, this research drew on the experience of 113 knowledge economy businesses. Judy Oakden had a key role in designing the process that supported Bachelor of Commerce students from Victoria University to conduct the survey between July and September 2013. From this work, a report of findings was prepared for the Wellington Regional Council by Dr Richard Norman from Victoria Business School, and Judy Oakden.

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