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Developmental Evaluation

Click here  to read Dr Patricia O'Brien and Dr Michael Kendrick's latest evaluation of SAMS - April 2015


“A uniquely New Zealand innovation which is of considerable relevance internationally" (Michael Kendrick, 1995)

“In international terms, SAMS was seen as being in the ranks of the leading edge of evaluation approaches ... “ (Michael Kendrick, 2009).

SAMS has been conducting evaluations since 1979. Working nationally and internationally, SAMS has pioneered a constructive evaluation approach that ensures the views of disabled persons, family/whanau, service providers and funding agencies are equitably represented. The SAMS Multi-Perspective Approach (1994) to evaluation enables innovative, ethical and effective development.

“Various publications attest to SAMS pioneering many of the concepts and practices now associated with “developmental evaluation”. For thirty years, SAMS has promoted and practiced: an individual outcome focus to evaluation, the full inclusion of disabled people and families as evaluators, partnership approaches and the use of evaluation as a primary strategy for service and sector development.... “ (Michael Kendrick Report, October 2009)

SAMS believes service and sector development is a constant process i.e. plan – act – evaluate – innovate. Focus is placed on identifying strengths and potential areas of development from the perspective of the different stakeholder groups. All SAMS evaluators have undergone training and our partnership approach ensures evaluation teams include experienced disabled persons and/or family members.

SAMS is committed to an evaluation approach that is:

  • Values/Principles Based Constructive
  • Innovative
  • Current
  • Inclusive
  • Pragmatic

SAMS has an extensive network throughout New Zealand and has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. While primarily working under contract to the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Social Development, SAMS undertakes evaluation projects directly with a wide range of Non-Government and Government organizations.

In addition to conducting evaluations, SAMS has also undertaken a number of projects in New Zealand and Australia to provide training and mentoring for organizations/groups who wish to develop evaluation agencies and/or develop evaluation tools and processes.

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