Bev Hong

Senior Consultant
Wellington Office

Bev is an experienced researcher and evaluator with a passion for delivering the evidence policy and programme designers need.

Bev joined MartinJenkins as a Senior Consultant in 2017. She has an established reputation as a researcher and evaluator in the social sector, who provides advice and services that are strategic and pragmatic. Her roles over more than 25 years have included leading, planning, designing, commissioning and conducting large projects and programmes.

Bev works in partnership with policy and programme teams, to provide timely advice supported by robust evidence. This makes sure the design of initiatives is informed by clear recommendations about how to measure success. She offers a wide range of skills to support this collaborative approach, including relationship management, workshop facilitation and consultation. Bev is comfortable with a broad range of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, is experienced at developing frameworks, intervention logics and indicators mapping, and is familiar with national datasets and their use in New Zealand.

Bev also has demonstrated expertise in developing and managing research teams and programmes, including roles establishing and managing teams at MSD, Courts and Immigration.

Bev’s subject matter experience includes:

• migration and settlement, justice and courts, child, family and community, culture and heritage, living standards and wellbeing

• working in contexts that bring together different cultural perspectives, including leading the Families and Whānau Wellbeing research programme as a Principal Advisor at the Social Policy Research and Evaluation Unit (Superu)

• leading research on the living standards of older New Zealanders, older Māori and New Zealanders generally, which resulted in the development of the Economic Living Standards Index (ELSI); and leading the successful piloting of a longitudinal survey of migrants to New Zealand

• conducting cross sectoral workshops and consultation to develop and recommend investment priorities for social policy research.