Dr Adrian Field

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Adrian Field (PhD) established Dovetail as a collaborative hub of change-makers, putting into action his belief that people and organisations working on shared passions can create great outcomes. Dovetail was founded to create a business platform to support positive social change in New Zealand communities.

Adrian’s skill set includes programme evaluation, qualitative and quantitative research, stakeholder engagement, impact assessment and performance monitoring. These have been applied across more than 20 years of experience in the public, private, academic and NGO sectors.

Adrian’s experience has traversed such sectors as health, social services, transport, sport and recreation, local government, and urban and environmental planning. His work helps individuals and organisations make decisions about funding, service development, and delivery.

Adrian also works with community organisations in evaluation capacity building, to explore the changes that they are seeking to make, and to develop practical ways of measuring their impact.

Adrian is a member of the Kinnect Group of independent evaluation practitioners.

Adrian is an honorary academic at the School of Population Health (University of Auckland). He is the co-convenor of the Aotearoa-New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA), and also has membership in the American Evaluation Association, the Sustainable Business Network, and the Urban Design Forum. He has a PhD in public health, focusing on the role of urban environments in health and wellbeing.

adrian@dovetailnz.com         tel (+64) 21 529 805


Dovetail Partners

Dovetail partners with highly skilled people whose work supports communities and organisations across New Zealand and internationally.

We collaborate because we trust, respect and complement each other's contribution and skills.

Dr Sarah Appleton-Dyer – Specialist in mixed methods evaluation, in the health and social services sectors. Sarah is General Manager (NZ) at Synergia Ltd, and a co-Convenor of ANZEA.

Rachael Butler – Social researcher with more than twenty years’ experience in commercial, government and academic research environments. Specialist areas include health (gambling, drug misuse, public health) and more broadly in the social sector.

Dr Victoria Egli - Mixed methods researcher with experience in knowledge translation and co-designing health messages with children and communities. Her primary research focus is how children's neighbourhoods shape health behaviours and outcomes.

Gerardene Gooder - Qualitative researcher and social marketing expert, spanning health, community transport and commercial sectors. Gerardene combines specialised user insights with practical levers for system change.

Grant Hanham – Expertise in complex data analysis and synthesis. Grant makes use of service databases, survey data, geospatial data systems, and online tools to inform client-focused research and analysis.

Julian King – Public policy consultant who provides evaluation, health economic and strategic planning services to public, private and community-based organisations. Julian applies robust evidence and analysis to help people make good decisions.

Nichola Lorenzon - Experienced policy researcher, with a broad background in applied research and programme design.  Nichola's work often involves developing approaches to inform and engage stakeholders, including online tools and resources that are practical, engaging and fit for purpose.

Kate McKegg – International leader in developmental evaluation with a strong depth of experience in evaluation capacity building, research, teaching, training and facilitation.  

Dr Hamish Mackie – Human systems researcher, leading major research initiatives in cycling and road safety, sustainable transport, physical activity, and sport and recreation sectors.

Rebecca Mills - Founder of The Lever Room and a world-leading impact strategist and innovator. Rebecca is a thought leader, futures thinker and direction setter.

Associate Professor Melody Smith – Researcher in public health and physical activity, specialising in children’s social and built environments, and with specialist knowledge of the integration of objective physical activity measurement and associated tools.

Louise Were (Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) weaves together a Māori world view, with evaluation and capability development to assist organisational learning and decision-making. Louise is inspired by the transformative potential of evaluation, and the ability to give voice to whānau and organisations to share their performance story. Louise is a co-Convenor at ANZEA.