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SnowChange Cooperative

posted 22 Nov 2014, 13:08 by Fiona Cram   [ updated 18 Feb 2016, 22:52 ]
It was with much delight that I finally visited with Tero Mustonen from SnowChange after missing him the last time he was in Aotearoa. The SnowChange Cooperative is about Finns being committed to the maintenance and advancement of culture and traditions; it is about connecting Indigenous people in the Circumpolar North and around the world; and it is a powerful scientific organisation and advocate about climate change and Indigenous policy and research.

Tero gave us much encouragement about what we could share about our own work and experiences, so I’m going to try and post regular updates for the Snowchange Steering Group about my research and evaluation adventures. These updates will also be posted here, especially as I continue to consider the role of testimony in research and evaluation.

I’m currently working on two research projects - one project is looking at the decisions Maori elders make about where they will live when they retire from the paid workforce (but not from the cultural workforce). The second project is interviewing Maori who have experienced a crime, and asking after their support needs.

My evaluation work has largely moved into supporting community organisations who receive large philanthropic grants to support their work for 5 years. These is very new and very exciting high engagement philanthropy being undertaken by the ASB Community Trust as a follow up to their grant making for Maori and Pacific Education Initiatives. As well as providing leadership, capacity development, and program design services and support, the Centre for Social Impact supports internal evaluators working in these organisations so they can find out what works and what doesn’t work.

One of the evaluation initiatives we’re suggesting to the internal evaluators is that they consider the environment as a key stakeholder in their evaluation work. So even if their organisations are delivering services for young people, they should be considering what the impact of their services are on the environment.

And as always, I’m writing, talking, collaborating and envisioning Kaupapa Maori (by Maori, for Maori, with Maori) evaluation and research. I think I’m unashamedly a method geek who is slowly evolving into a paradigm nerd. But more on that later, especially as there are chapters coming out in the new year that showcase much of this.