Who We Are
The Knowledge Institute Limited was founded in 2002 by Director, Kate McKegg. For more than a decade, The Knowledge Institute Ltd has been supporting organisations to develop their evaluation capacity.
Kate McKegg has specialist skills in policy and programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, business and organizational development, research, training and facilitation. She has over 20 years experience in applying these skills in many contexts and sectors, including Philanthropy, Environment, Health, Mental Health, Disability, Education, Employment, Māori Development, Social Development, Housing and Sport and Recreation.
Kate is also a pragmatic academic, with substantive experience developing and implementing teaching programmes in evaluation at post graduate and under graduate levels for several New Zealand universities. Since 2002, The Knowledge Institute has been providing tailored training in evaluation for a wide range of organisations and communities.
Kate is a founding member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (www.anzea.org.nz ), serving as a board member from 2006-2010, and Convenor from 2008-2010 and is once again anzea Convenor for the period 2012-2014.
The Knowledge Institute has longstanding relationships with a range of senior professionals. This ensures our response to client needs is perceptive, comprehensive and insightful. The Knowledge Institute is a proud member of the Kinnect Group (www.kinnect.co.nz) with Nan Wehipeihana, Julian King (www.julianking.co.nz ) and Judy Oakden.
The Kinnect Group is a professional cluster of four highly experienced and skilled evaluators — Kate McKeggg, Julian King (www.julianking.co.nz ), Nan Wehipeihana and Judy Oakden. Together, we offer the capacity of a medium sized firm and a team of senior consultants with complementary skill sets.
Our business model is built on longstanding collaborative relationships. We work with an extensive network of Associates – all successful small business owners in their own right – and build project teams with the right skill sets and sector experience for each assignment. This approach enables us to be flexible and responsive to our clients’ needs.
The Kinnect Group has robust systems that ensure quality delivery – including rigorous peer review and risk management processes. The Kinnect Group also invests in professional development to ensure we remain at the leading edge of evaluation practice globally. We are regular contributors at evaluation and policy conferences in New Zealand, Australia, the United States and further afield.
The Knowledge Institute has longstanding, collaborative relationships with a range of other senior professionals. Some of these include:
- Kataraina Pipi – Māori facilitator, strategic planner and evaluator
- Debbie Goodwin – Māori evaluator, researcher and community capacity builder
- Alicia Crocket – Experienced evaluator and researcher
- Alex McKegg – experienced educational evaluator
- Louise Were – Māori evaluator, researcher and project manager