Joanna Smith

Principal

P: +64 4 915 7590

E: jsmith@srgexpert.com

Joanna specialises in applied economic research and analysis. She has extensive experience in designing and implementing evaluations of programmes and services for clients in the government, private and community/NGO sectors. She has expertise in a range of quantitative and qualitative research and evaluation methodologies, and has undertaken field work in a variety of countries across the Pacific.

Joanna holds a Master of Arts (Honours) degree and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Economics (with Distinction), from the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

My publications

Sapere was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to undertake an independent review of the system of third party accreditation of Designated Auditing Agencies of aged residential care providers who are subject to the certification requirements of the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001. The purpose of the review was to assess the effectiveness ...

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Sapere was engaged by ACC on behalf of the three funders of SAATS (ACC, the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Police) to undertake a review of the current delivery and sustainability of SAATS. The review also considered the role and sustainability of the Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC) organisation and a proposed new ...

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Continence NZ contracted Sapere to undertake an independent analysis of the current state of continence services in District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand. The purpose is to profile what is currently happening for service delivery against known good practice and then to make comment on that for the future for New Zealand. The methodology ...

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Sapere was commissioned by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to undertake a strategic evaluation of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s support for Pacific fisheries. The evaluation provided and advice and recommendations on what has worked well and what hasn’t, including critical success factors, and lessons for the focus of future ...

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The Mekem Strong Solomon Islands Fisheries (MSSIF) programme is a partnership between New Zealand and Solomon Islands. It is implemented by the Solomon Islands Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR), with support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT). The objectives of this assessment were to assess the general performance ...

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The New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS) aims to assist Pacific island countries to provide their citizens with access to specialised medical treatment. This evaluation, by Sapere Principals Gary Blick and Joanna Smith, looked at the performance of the NZMTS over the period 2011/12 to 2013/14. ...

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As part of a cross-agency approach to reducing pressure injuries, the Health Quality & Safety Commission engaged Sapere to undertake two components of work: Describe the current range of approaches to measure and report on pressure injuries in New Zealand; and Support the development of a methodology to assess point prevalence of PIs, which can ...

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We reviewed the Shellfish Production and Technology New Zealand (SPATnz) Primary Growth Partnership, a programme to selectively breed high value greenshell mussels. The purpose of the evaluation was to provide an independent assessment of how the programme is tracking towards its outcomes, within the current economic, environmental and industry context. ...

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Sapere Research Group undertook an independent, mid-point review of New Zealand’s investment in Customs capacity building in the Pacific. The evaluation looked at the overall coherence and future strategic direction of the programme, evaluated the effectiveness of the Partnership Arrangement as a management tool and informed the development of the Partnership Arrangements with other State ...

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Sapere Principals Vhari McWha and Joanna Smith, and Managing Director Kieran Murray, were commissioned by the New Zealand Treasury to provide an independent evaluation of the quality of Regulatory Impact Statements (RISs) and the accompanying Independent Quality Assurance statements for a sample of 50 RISs selected by Treasury. The purpose of this evaluation was to ...

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Joanna Smith and Colleen-Butcher Gollach undertook an evaluation of the Rotahomes Project near Lautoka, Fiji, which aims to provide low cost housing for the very poor. The purpose of this evaluation of Phase 2 of the project was to: identify any improvements that can be made for the remainder of Phase 2; inform decisions on ...

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We were engaged by the Ministry of Social Development and Tuhoe to explore whether there were opportunities to decentralise any aspects of the government’s responsibility for providing welfare support as part of their Treaty settlement. The report provides an overview of what the full spectrum of decentralisation could hypothetically look like – if it was ...

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Gary Blick, Joanna Smith and Julie Artus from Sapere Research Group were engaged by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) to undertake an independent evaluation of the Institutional Linkage Programme between the Samoan National Health Service and Counties Manukau District Health Board, that was funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The purpose ...

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Toby Stevenson, Kieran Murray and Joanna Smith return to a framework for evaluating significant policy changes in the electricity industry originally published in 2009. It asks whether the outcomes expected from the reforms since that report are being achieved. In addition to assessing outcomes under the current arrangements, the same evaluation method is used to ...

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned an evaluation of the New Zealand Aid Programme’s fisheries investments in the Pacific from 2003 to 2010. The evaluation assessed what the impacts have been and whether the investments achieved their stated objectives. It also provided advice and recommendations on what has worked well and what ...

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A significant piece of work was concluded in 2013 which focussed on measurement and evaluation across the New Zealand medication safety programme, with an emphasis on the electronic medicines management (eMM) initiatives, a partnership between the New Zealand Health Quality & Safety Commission (the Commission) and the National Health IT Board. The project was independently ...

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