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Our research guides everything we do, and ensures that what we do responds to need and works. Research projects in 2015 – 16 include…

Creative ways to youth wellbeing

Supported by a partnership with University of Auckland, Express Yourself participants and some of our wonderful partner organisations (Mahi Tahi Trust, ADHB, Affinity, ATS Alternative Education) have been helping us to research and strengthen the project. We’ve created a Theory of Change guiding how we achieve good outcomes, and an impressive evidence base making a strong case for our work. You can find out more about the research and the associated University of Auckland doctoral study ‘Creative ways to youth wellbeing in Aotearoa New Zealand’ by contacting Amber via We’ll post our findings when they’re finished here.


Collective Impact Research


In 2014 over a six month period the Waitakere community experienced a series of highly violent deaths, many involving young people and one in particular involving a young 13 year old as the offender. This put a spot light on those working with youth and what they ‘should’ be doing particularly in the area of health and wellbeing. It also sparked a community-led research project aimed at exploring whether a framework like Collective Impact, when applied to the work happening in the community, might help improve health and wellbeing outcomes for young people in West Auckland.

Over the course of nearly a year a small team used a grassroots and creative approach to better understand the key themes for young people in community, what was working, where the best examples of collaboration were happening, and where the gaps existed from a young person and their communities perspective.

Lead on the research project, Janette Searle, reflects on the research findings, and in particular the work being done with the West Auckland Alternative Education Consortium, and how the Collective Impact framework might support the innovative and collaborative work happening there, creating better outcomes for the young people that are arguably the most at risk and vulnerable.