People and Society

West 5: 4 Trauma – an action research project report

By: Janette Searle
Published: 2022-06-30

West 5: 4 Trauma is an action research project that looks at a model for trauma sensitive schooling within 5 different primary schools in West Auckland. The project used a…

Action Research Community Development Education & Training

I just want to be myself: Rethinking Pacific climate change adaptation

By: Janie Walker
Published: 2020-12-01

After completing nine months cross-context research in Eastern Fiji, I wrote my Master’s thesis to answer this question: To what extent do local concerns, with regard to climate change, inform…

Action Research Climate Change

Project Matarau: Many faces, a common vision. 2018-2019. A Community Led Development Project from Potaka to Tokomaru Bay.”

By: Te Aroha Kanarahi Trust
Published: 2020-11-21

This community led development research supported locally based whanau and hapu to interact within their communities, to have dialogue and to draw out the richness of that dialogue, to share…

Action Research Community Development Kaupapa Māori approaches
People and Society

Delivering Urban Wellbeing through Transformative Community Enterprise

By: Kelly Dombroski, Gradon Diprose, David Conradson, Stephen Healy and Alison Watkins
Published: 2019-07-30

This report summarises the research and explains how we developed and used a ‘Community Economy Return on Investment’ tool to document and measure the transformative social and environmental outcomes of…

Action Research Community Development Health & Wellbeing
Te Ao Māori


By: Tessa Mackenzie on behalf of Katikati Taiao
Published: 2019-05-31

The Hearts and Minds of Katikati research project was conceived by the Katikati Taiao and supported with funding from the Lotteries commission. The Hearts and Minds research aims to provide…

Action Research Community Development Language and Culture

Hearts and Minds of Katikati – Ngā Ngākau me ngā Hinengaro o Katikati

By: Tessa Mackenzie (Lead Researcher) Jodie Robertson (Māori Researcher) David Aupapa (Facilitator) plus P O'Neil & theme leads from community
Published: 2019-05-30

The purpose of Katikati Taiao Hearts and Minds Research was to investigate the potential and possibilities for a reinvigorated community sense of identity and belonging. The research focused on whether…

Action Research Community Development

The Need for an Organ Donation Policy Change: A Sensible Choice with Minimal Risk

By: Molly Brownfield
Published: 2018-06-27

Mandated organ donation would greatly increase the overall functionality and wellbeing of populations in the United States. It therefore should be considered to change the current default from having to…

Action Research Health & Wellbeing Human Rights & Civil Liberties

Lessons from Community Driven Development in Myanmar : Analysis of Preliminary Results

By: Anura Widana and Praful Soni
Published: 2016-08-20

This paper presents the lessons from phase I of the community driven development (CDD) project being implemented in Myanmar. The CDD approach has a special relevance and application in the…

Action Research Community Development Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising

Place-Based and Community-Led: Specific Disaster Preparedness and Generalisable Community Resilience

By: Daryl Taylor and Helen Goodman
Published: 2015-02-20

The action research process that informed the report was initially made possible through CatholicCare Bushfire Community Recovery Service, with the support and involvement of service Manager, Janet Cribbes. The study…

Action Research Community Development Emergency & Disaster
Ethnicity and Diversity

ANZTSR 2014 Strategic Sustainability at House with No Steps

By: Lyn Ainsworth
Published: 2014-11-09

The disability sector in Australia is experiencing a period of unprecedented, transformational change with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. This paper is a case study of House…

Action Research Disability Human Rights & Civil Liberties

ANZTSR 2014 Resilient Leadership Amidst Complexity

By: Margy-Jean Malcolm
Published: 2014-11-07

This paper draws on recent research which was grounded in theory-building with civil society practitioners in two Aotearoa NZ leadership learning contexts (Malcolm, 2014) to draw out their tacit wisdom…

Action Research Community Development Leadership
Non-profit Sector

Amplify Action Enquiry

By: McLaren Park and Henderson South Community Initiative Inc. Point Research Ltd.
Published: 2013-06-11

AMPLIFY is a 13-month action enquiry into the needs and best practice approaches for 9-13 year olds in the West Auckland suburbs of McLaren Park and Henderson South. The action…

Action Research Children & Youth Community Development
Non-profit Sector

Community Sector Model and Framework for Sustainable Funding and Accountability within Communities

By: Community Sector Taskforce
Published: 2013-03-13

In 2007, the Community Sector Taskforce applied its base position set out in ‘A New Way of Working’ to the issue of Sector funding and accountability. This paper, with the…

Action Research Community Development Non-profit Sector
Ethnicity and Diversity

Institutional Racism and the Dynamics of Privilege in Public Health

By: Heather Came
Published: 2013-03-09

Institutional racism, a pattern of differential access to material resources and power determined by race, advantages one sector of the population while disadvantaging another. Such racism is not only about…

Action Research Health & Wellbeing Race & Ethnicity
Ethnicity and Diversity

What is action research in the context of community research?

By: Hilary Stace
Published: 2012-12-19

A short paper about the development of action research/participatory action research and applications, particularly in the context of disability research. The role of ethics, self reflection and empowerment.

Action Research Community Development Disability Research & Evaluation
Te Ao Māori

Whanau Ora & Action Research

By: Fiona Cram
Published: 2011-06-01

Action Research is a participatory research method in which esearch is then undertaken to answer the question, with the findings reflected upon for their practice implications. Practice is then changed…

Action Research Māori Whānau Ora

Gisborne Voter Participation Project: Evaluation report

By: Ka Pai Kaiti Charitable Trust
Published: 2011-05-06

Ka Pai Kaiti facilitated a project to increase voter turnout and participation in the local council and district health board elections in Gisborne 2010. The purpose of research project was…

Action Research Human Rights & Civil Liberties Research & Evaluation

Kaiti Neighbourhood Survey (2010)

By: Ka Pai Kaiti Charitable Trust
Published: 2010-10-01

This report shares results of a survey of community needs in Kaiti, Gisbourne. The survey was conducted in 2010. The results from the surveys have been collected, entered and analyzed…

Action Research Community Development
Ethnicity and Diversity

HOMEWORK CLUB: Strengthening Refugee Youth Achievement

By: Homework Club; Victoria University Research Team
Published: 2009-12-15

This report is the product of a group research project carried out in partnership with Victoria University students, secondary school refugee students and the facilitators of the Homework Club. Set…

Action Research Education & Training Migrants and Former Refugees

Intrapreneurship: Testing the application of theory within a New Zealand workplace.

By: Chris Burgess
Published: 2008-10-01

Burgess found an average productive capacity measurement of 70% and an innovative capacity measurement of 68% from within the sampled organisations New Zealanders are well known for their entrepreneurial flair…

Action Research Economics & Finances
Ethnicity and Diversity

Victoria University of Wellington – Supporting refugee – background students to achieve their goals

By: Cedric Horner, Shana Khan, Kathryn Paton
Published: 2006-11-01

This report summarises findings from a participatory action research project that determined what support systems are currently available to refugee-background students at the Victoria University of Wellington, and how these…

Action Research Education & Training Migrants and Former Refugees
Non-profit Sector

A Paradox in Action? A Critical Analysis of an Appreciative Inquiry.

By: Suzanne Grant
Published: 2006-08-01

A journey comprised of three paths is the metaphor through which I: i) reflect and report on my involvement with four New Zealand primary school Boards of Trustees (BOTs) investigating…

Action Research
Ethnicity and Diversity

Participatory Action Research (PAR) with Assyrian Youth

By: Laura Armstrong, Amanda Leathers, Philippa Collie, Haji Koshin, Felicity Blakely, Marcela Markland, Phillip Pithyov, & Edwar Eshow.
Published: 2005-10-03

This report documents the experience of a group of researchers who started a Participatory Action Research (PAR) project with the Assyrian Youth community in Wellington. The objective of the project…

Action Research Children & Youth Migrants and Former Refugees
Ethnicity and Diversity

African Youth Health and Well-Being: Participatory Action Research Project

By: Evolve; Victoria University of Wellington
Published: 2005-10-03

This project aimed to strengthen the well-being of African Youth in Wellington by identifying issues they face, and developing strategies to address the issues. The project was implemented by Evolve,…

Action Research Health & Wellbeing

Organic research

By: Clements, Elizabeth
Published: 2004-01-01

Describes a new model for research based on an organic approach to social change.

Action Research Research & Evaluation
Economic Development

Doing Action Research – Key learning and emerging principles CEDAR

By: Community Economic Development Action Research Project
Published: 2002-11-01

In this paper we discuss our experiences in doing action research and share some methodological insights with other practitioners. The aim is to promote knowledge flows both within the public…

Action Research Frameworks

Using Participatory Action Research in a Local Government Setting

By: Aimers, J
Published: 1999-01-01

In this paper I offer a set of guidelines for the use of Action Research in New Zealand local authority community development and parks and recreation settings.

Action Research Government – Central & Local Research & Evaluation
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