The New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) commissioned Adam Smith International to conduct an evaluation of its country programme in the Cook Islands. The evaluation assessed the quality of New Zealand’s aid delivery, the results of its programme of assistance, and suggested ways New Zealand could better support the Cook Islands.
The evaluation adopted a mixed method approach. Field work was conducted in Wellington and the Cook Islands and 35 key informants were interviewed. Statistical techniques were also used to assess various aspects of New Zealand’s development cooperation. In accordance with the Terms of Reference the evaluation also focused on issues associated with the provision of budget support.