New Zealand celebrated the official launch of the government-led initiative to develop robust evidence-based policy, which is part of the year-long activities for the International Year of Evaluation

on Wednesday 23 March. It was attended by about 200 key senior leaders in policy, programme and evaluation teams in the NZ public sector, executive members of two professional evaluation bodies - the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) and the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES), the academe and the private sector evaluation practitioners. It was considered as the gathering of who’s who in the evaluation sector in New Zealand. Finance Minister Bill English launched the cross agency.