Nan specialises in evaluation with a focus on Māori – whānau, hapū, iwi, and Māori organisations and communities. Nan’s practice is characterised by the use of Kaupapa Māori, tikanga Māori and developmental evaluation. Nan has an unerring focus on outcomes for Māori. By bringing the voices of Māori to government and funders and a critical analysis perspective, she offers insight into what works for Māori and what needs to change.
Nan has more than 25 years experience in designing, leading and managing evaluations. She builds teams tailored to the programme, kaupapa and community contexts. She has an extensive track record in policy and programme evaluation, the use of mixed methods and applying systems thinking. She supports individuals, teams and organisations to build their evaluation capacity, providing mentoring and bespoke training in evaluation specific tools and methodologies. She supports organisations to commission and implement their evaluation and to report their findings.
Nan is an internationally leading Māori evaluator. In 2021 she was inducted as a Fellow of the Australian Evaluation Society and has twice been awarded the Australasian Evaluation Society Policy and Systems Award (2013 and 2000). She has keynoted on Kaupapa Māori and Indigenous Evaluation in Canada (2018), New Zealand (2015), Australia (2014), South Africa (2011) and Germany (2011). With Michael Quinn Patton and Kate McKegg, Nan co-edited Developmental evaluation exemplars: Principles in practice (2015).