This evaluation sought to draw out key lessons learned from the implementation of two Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) funded programmes that support the New Zealand Government’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Policy targeting Pacific workers: the Strengthening Pacific Partnerships (SPP) programme implemented by the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and the RSE Worker Training Initiative (known as Vakameasina) implemented by Fruition Horticulture.
The objectives of the evaluation were to:
1. Complete an evaluation of the SPP and Vakameasina activities.
2. Review the cost effectiveness of the approaches employed to deliver results.
3. Identify the key changes needed for a second phase of SPP and Vakameasina.
The evaluation scope included activities implemented from 2011 until 2015. The evaluation used a theory-driven and mixed-methods approach, incorporating the Kakala ‘Pacific world view’ methodology for cultural appropriateness (See Annex 1). Data collection and analysis included: desktop/literature review; process mapping; key informant interviews (KIIs); case studies of workers and employers; a web-based stakeholder survey; and a summit workshop.
Overall the evaluation found a range of strengths and positive impacts for both programmes. The RSE Policy is widely regarded as a good initiative of MFAT and the New Zealand Government more broadly. The following sections highlight these positive impacts, and supports MFAT’s decision to continue with the two programmes. This evaluation reflects on the effectiveness, efficiency, outcomes, impacts and sustainability of SPP and Vakameasina, providing recommendations for the following redesign process.