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Judy Oakden

Judy Oakden is an experienced evaluator, qualitative and quantitative researcher and facilitator based in Wellington, New Zealand

Judy offers clients innovative ways of working using adaptive and responsive evaluation and research. She specialises in using complexity theory methods and models to help organisations make sense in uncertain, unpredictable and challenging settings.

Judy conducts and provides strategic advice on evaluation and research projects. She also offers training and mentoring services to build evaluation capacity. Judy is a skilled facilitator who works with a wide range of stakeholders. Clients say her approach is flexible, timely, and focusses on their needs.

Judy has over 25 years’ experience consulting with central and local government agencies, NGO’s and businesses, both in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

She is familiar with the education, health, primary, environmental and regional development sectors, and is experienced in evaluating contestable funds. Judy has a Master of Philosophy (Distinction), Post Graduate Diploma in Social Sector Research and Evaluation (Distinction), and a Bachelor of Business Studies. 

Along with Kate McKegg, Debbie Goodwin and Jackie Henry, she is a recipient of the prestigious American Evaluation Outstanding Evaluation Award in 2019 for the developmental evaluation of the Waikato Regional Council’s Collaborative Stakeholder Group process.

Examples of Judy’s work and writing: