There are many organisations working with communities in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is important we develop our understanding of the impact organisations and the programmes and services they run have on the positive development and well-being of our communities. This review of some of the literature relevant to community development evaluation looks at eight specific evaluation methods and methodologies, as well as providing examples of a range of other practical tools and evaluation exercises.
The literature search which informed this review focused on the needs of small community development organisations, interested in developing their own evaluation frameworks. It is not intended as a comprehensive overview of ‘all things’ evaluation in the community development space.