What the organisation is and does. What the client brief to us was.

Priority One is the Western Bay of Plenty region's economic development organisation, established in 2001 by the Tauranga and Western Bay of Plenty business community in partnership with the sub-region's local authorities. It was the first economic development organisation in New Zealand to be initiated by the business community and run along business principles of action and results. It provides the following services:

  • Making connections between business members and other organisations
  • Referrals: Provision of advice on where to go for products, services or support.
  • Facilitation: assist members in their dealings with local and central government processes, from resource consents to government funding, to the immigration of skilled workers
  • Advocacy for the local business community
  • Member promotion
  • Attracting businesses and skilled people to the region

What the community partners’ needs were?

Priority One required evaluation advice including a review of the existing evaluation processes and tools for the Instep Programme and Bay of Plenty Tertiary Intentions Strategy (TIS) and the identification of methods and tools that could be used for reviewing this programme and strategy.

What our response was

CSI was contracted to provide the advice required. This included a desk-top review of the existing evaluation processes and the facilitation of a workshop with the key programme and governance to gather necessary information to inform methods and tools for reviewing programme and strategy.

The outcomes

As a result of the workshop an evaluation approach was drafted that would enable Priority One to further develop programme and strategy outcomes and to review the Instep programme and TIS.