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Current Projects


Youth Guarantees Pathways and Profile Project (YGPPP)
Contractor: Community Colleges New Zealand
Research Team: Adelaide Reid, Sarah McKay, Mark Turner, Joseph Boden, Ria Schroder
Funded by Ako Aotearoa, this longitudinal study which began in 2015 is gathering the perspectives of young foundation learners enrolled in the Youth Guarantees scheme and their PTEs to explore the sustainable benefits of foundation education for young people in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

Anamata Cafe Evaluation
Contractor: Anamata Cafe Inc.
Project Team: Sarah Wylie, Cathy Cooper, Ria Schroder
This project provides a review of services provided by Anamata Café. 


Evaluation of a Focussed Parenting Service
Contractor: Home and Family
Project Team: Sarah Wylie, Ria Schroder
This project is evaluating a collaborative programme developed by Battered Women's Trust (BWT) and Home and Family (H&F) to deliver parenting/attachment interventions for families presenting at safe house services. 


Grassroots Stories from a Post Earthquake Environment
Contractor: NZ Red Cross
Project Team: Jane Higgins, Jane Harrison, Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder
This research project is designed to provide an overview of the evidence base for promoting community social connectedness within a context of resilience and preparedness in post disaster environments and to document some stories from Christchurch grassroots communities of their experiences of, the impact on and responses to the Canterbury earthquake sequence.  


Youth Hub Evaluation
Contractor: Korowai Youth Trust
Project Team: Ria Schroder, Sarah Mckay, Rachel McDonald, Rachael Godfrey, Brittany Campos, Ashleigh Nicholson, Chelsey McKenzie
This project provides and ongoing process evaluation of the development of the Youth Hub Barbadoes. To date two rounds of qualitative interviews have been conducted with managers of services originally located within the hub when it was opened in 2011. Data from this project is being used to inform the ongoing development of a Christchurch Youth Hub


Youthworkers in School: Phase 3 Evaluation
Contractor: 24/7 YouthWorkers
Project Team: Mark Turner, Ria Schroder
This project is the third phase of evaluation of the 24-7 YouthWorker in schools programme.  It builds on the previous two evaluations involving young people in schools in 2014 and adult stakeholders in 2015.

 

2017

 

Greater Christchurch Parenting Support Package Evaluation
Contractor: Christchurch Methodist Mission
Research Team: Louise Tapper, Ria Schroder
This project is an evaluation of the collaborative process undertaken by the team involved in the 2015 Christchurch Earthquake Appeal Trust (CEAT) funded Greater Christchurch Parenting Support Package (GCPSP), a multi-agency initiative focused on supporting the wellbeing of parents in the greater Christchurch area. 

 
 

 

2016


Christchurch City Mission Staff Wellbeing Project
Contractor:
Christchurch City Mission
Research Team:
Jane Higgins, Jo Stewart, Ria Schroder
In 2012 the Christchurch Methodist Mission contracted an independent researcher to gather information about the wellbeing of staff working at the Christchurch Methodist Mission.  This involved a survey of all WesleyCare and other CMM staff and conducting interviews with a random selection of staff.  The current project replicated this method in order to gather information about the wellbeing of CMM staff in 2016.

Christchurch Youth Housing Project
Contractor: 
Christchurch City Mission and Wayne Francis Charitable Trust
Research Team: 
Chris Beardsley, Sarah Wylie, Ria Schroder
This review aimed to work alongside key stakeholders in the Christchurch youth housing community to document the needs of youth in Otautahi and to describe youth housing initiatives being used nationally and in other locations around the world. This information was gathered in order to inform decisions regarding the next steps for youth housing in Otautahi.

Evaluation of New Zealand Army Leadership Centre’s Experiential Leadership Development Activities (ELDA) and the Institute of Leader Development Lead Integrated Capability (LIC) Course
Contractor: New Zealand Defence Force
Research Team: Sarah Wylie, Ria Schroder
To undertake an evaluation of the New Zealand Army Leadership Centre’s Experiential Leadership Development Activities (ELDA) and the Institute of Leader Development Lead Integrated Capability (LIC) Course.

Greater Christchurch Youth Alcohol Strategy Key Stakeholder Consultation
Contractor: Health Promotion Agency (HPA)
Research Team: Sarah Wylie, Tayla Reece, Olivia Dowd, Ria Schroder
This qualitative project focussed on gathering key stakeholder opinions about the main points and processes that should be contained within a Greater Christchurch Youth Alcohol Strategy.  These were gathered from three key groups of stakeholders including young people, parents/caregivers and people who work with young people.

Leaders in Community (LINC) Evaluation Cohort 2
Contractor: Leadership Lab
Research Team: Jane Higgins, Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder
This project extended the developmental evaluation of the Leadership in Communities (LinC) project into the second cohort run in 2016.  LinC is a Christchurch based initiative supporting community leaders to fulfil the vision of a greater Christchurch that is characterised by healthy sustainable communities continuing to create an environment for living and loving life.  

LinC Case Study
Contractor: Leadership Lab
Research Team: Jane Higgins, Ria Schroder, Jane Harrison, Sarah McKay
In mid-2016, a case study to identify key features in the development of the Leadership in Communities (LinC) project was commissioned by the LinC Steering Group (LSG). This case study explored lessons learned from the development of LinC, focusing particularly on the collaborative governance, collaborative funding and collaborative facilitation processes that were foundational to the project. 

Neighbours Day Aotearoa 2016 Evaluation Design
Contractor: Neighbours Day Aotearoa
Research Team: Sarah Wylie, Ria Schroder
The project undertook to review and redesign the tool(s) used to review Neighbours Day Aotearoa each year. This was done to ensure that relevant and useful data were gathered in the current and future years. 

New Zealand Defence Forces Time to Lead Project
Contractor: 
NZDF
Research Team:
 Sarah Wylie, Mark Turner, Ria Schroder
The study is exploring time use across the Leadership Framework of New Zealand Army Private to Full Colonel.

SCOPE Evaluation
Contractor: Canterbury Youth Workers Collective (CYWC)
Reserach Team: Sarah McKay, Candace Bobier, Jo Stewart, Ria Schroder
This mixed method evaluation is examined how effective the SCOPE tool is in helping organisations to improve the way they work with youth. SCOPE is a quality improvement tool for youth work organisations.

Te Punanga Haumaru Christchurch Youth 2015/16 Project Evaluation
Contractor: Be the Change NZ
Research Team: Louise Tapper, Ria Schroder
This evaluation assessed the immediate and short term impacts of resources developed by the Te Punanga Haumaru (TPH) Christchurch Youth 2015/16 project on key stakeholders during the development and initial implementation phase and to ascertain future directions for this campaign.
The TPH project aims to create positive safe environments for Christchurch communities by reducing the negative impact of bullying on young people in Christchurch, through a pro-social change initiative.

Travellers Evaluation 2016
Contractor: Skylight Trust
Research Team: Sarah Wylie, Mark Turner, Ria Schroder
The Travellers Programme is an innovative small group programme for young people to build resilience and key life skills. Travellers is an in-school programme that enables young people to learn skills to cope with change, loss and transition and to build their self-esteem and confidence to be able to face life's future challenges. The current evaluation examined the short to medium term outcomes of the Travellers programme for the Cohort who participated in the programme in 2014.

Youth Hub Evaluation
Contractor: Korowai Youth Trust
Research Team: Ria Schroder, Sarah Mckay, Rachel McDonald, Rachael Godfrey, Brittany Campos, Ashleigh Nicholson, Chelsey McKenzie
This project provides an ongoing process evaluation of the development of the Youth Hub Barbadoes. To date two rounds of qualitative interviews have been conducted with managers of services originally located within the hub when it was opened in 2011. Data from this project is being used to inform the ongoing development of a Christchurch Youth Hub.


 

2015

24/7 Storybook Phase 2
Contractor:
24-7 Youthworkers
Research Team: 
Mark Turner, Ria Schroder
This project extended the 2014 evaluation of the 24-7 YouthWorkers in Schools programme which examined the perceptions of students involved with 24-7 YouthWorkers. In this 2015 project the perceptions of key stakeholders, such as school principals, teachers and counsellors, on the effectiveness of the 24-7 YouthWorkers in Schools programme were gathered.

Crossroads Stay Real Evaluation
Contractor: Cross Roads Trust
Project Team: Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder, Jane Higgins
This project was designed to evaluate how well the Cross Roads Trust Stay Real Programme is meeting the needs of at risk young people and their families in the post earthquake Eastern suburbs of Christchurch.  It also aimed to identify areas that would improve the effectiveness of the Stay Real programme.

Evaluation of the Presbyterian Support Upper South Island’s (PSUSI) Youth Power Smoking Cessation Programme
Contractor: Presbyterian Support Upper South Island
Project Team: Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder
Undertook a formative and summative evaluation of the Youth Power Smoke Free programme being run by Presbyterian Support Upper South Island. 

Homeland Surgical Volunteerism
Contractor:
 
Canterbury Charitable Hospital Trust
Research Team: 
Candace Bobier, Ria Schroder
The objective of this project was to identify factors relating to homeland surgical volunteerism in order to inform the development of strategies to support and enhance the volunteer surgeon workforce in New Zealand. 

Leaders in Community (LINC) Evaluation
Contractor:
 
Leadership Lab
Research Team: 
Jane Higgins, Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder
This project undertook a developmental evaluation of the Leadership in Communities (LinC) project.  LinC is a Christchurch based initiative supporting community leaders to fulfil the vision of a greater Christchurch that is characterised by healthy sustainable communities continuing to create an environment for living and loving life.

NGO Leadership Programme 2014 Follow Up Evaluation
Contractor:
 
Ministry of Social Development
Research Team: 
Jane Higgins, Ria Schroder
This project provided extended follow up of the inaugural 2014 NGO Leadership development programme. The focus of this extended evaluation encompassed the changes experienced by participants and their organisations 6-9 months following completion of the 2014 programme.

NGO Leadership Programme 2015 Evaluation
Contractor: 
Leadership Lab
Research Team: 
Jane Higgins, Ria Schroder
This project undertook a developmental evaluation of the 2015 Leadership Development Project being run by Leadership Lab in conjunction with the University of Canterbury and Ministry of Social Development. 

One off funding for Youth One Stop Shops plan for improved AOD service provision and integration
Contractor:
Ministry of Health
Research Team: Sue Bagshaw, Louise Tapper, Andrew Curtis, Kate Mang, Candace Bobier, Mel Atkinson, Ria Schroder
This project was designed to provide information to help improve alcohol and other drug (AOD) service provision for youth in Canterbury. A review of the literature was conducted to provide an overview of  best practice using a developmental approach for prevention, early intervention, and treatment for AOD service provision in primary and secondary care across a variety of youth developmental stages. In addition the perspectives of key stakeholders were gathered to ascertain the developmental appropriateness and accessibility of AOD services in Canterbury. 

Psychosocial wellbeing: Communities, families, youth & children (0-18 years):A literature review and qualitative analysis of psychosocial postdisaster adaptation considerations following the Canterbury sequence of earthquakes and aftershocks
Research Team: Amba Sepie, Sue Bagshaw, Ria Schroder, Candace Bobier, Anne Scott
This literature review and analysis was commissioned to focus upon postdisaster and post-traumatic-event literature, targeting children 0-18 years and their families, with a broader mandate to look at the wider psychosocial implications of living within a postdisaster environment. The objective was to capture the current status of research, in the fields of concern, in a manner that could be readily applied to children, youth, families, and the communities in which they live, following the Canterbury sequence of earthquakes and aftershocks beginning September 2010. Where possible, findings were applied to the local context.

Right Service Right Time Mapping Project
Contractor: 
Right Service Right Time
Research Team: 
Sarah Wylie, Ria Schroder
This project created a map of the NGO services available in Canterbury for children, young people and their families in order to determine the changing need for these services and the capacity of these services to meet this need within the post earthquake environment.

The Mental Health Foundation Canterbury Men’s Health Project Evaluation Report of the Men’s Group Projects
Contractor:
Mental Health Foundation
Research Team:
Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder, Mark Turner, Candace Bobier, Jimi McKay, Phillip Borrell
The Canterbury Men’s Health Project, among other activities, involved the development of four men’s groups to promote the health of men in the Canterbury region. This project provided an evaluation of the impact of these groups on the health and well-being of the men attending them.  In addition, the evaluation included a brief analysis of the process of developing these groups with the aim of highlighting important learnings to assist to improve the roll out of any similar projects in the future.

WiseUp Evaluation
Contractor: 
Christchurch Methodist Mission
Research Team: 
Sarah Wylie, Ria Schroder
This project provided an evaluation of the Christchurch City Mission's Wise Up programme for children aged 8-10 years. The purpose of this evaluation was to describe what the programme involves and how it is working.

Youth AOD Service Development Project
Contractor: Ministry of Health
Research Team: Sue Bagshaw, Louise Tapper, Andrew Curtis, Kate Mang, Candace Bobier and Mel Atkinson 
This project was designed to improve alcohol and other drug (AOD) service provision for youth in Canterbury. A review of the literature l provided an overview of  best practice using a developmental approach for prevention, early intervention, and treatment for AOD service provision in primary and secondary care across a variety of youth developmental stages. In addition, the perspectives of key stakeholders were gathered to ascertain the developmental appropriateness and accessibility of AOD services in Canterbury.

 

2014


CanCERN Find and Fix Review

Contractor: CanCERN
Research Team: Sarah Wylie, Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder
The Let’s Find and Fix campaign was a community led project (CanCERN) conducted in partnership with the Insurance Council of New Zealand, CERA, EQC, Community Energy Action, Red Cross and CEAT. The aim of the campaign was to identify people in Canterbury requiring temporary repairs as a result of the Canterbury earthquakes and to enable those repairs to happen.  A review of the project was conducted by The Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development in conjunction with staff at CanCERN in late 2014.

NGO Leadership Programme 2014 Evaluation
Contractor: Leadership Lab
Research Team: Jane Higgins, Ria Schroder
This project undertook a developmental evaluation of the 2014 Leadership Development Project being run by Leadership Lab in conjunction with the University of Canterbury and Ministry of Social Development. 
  

2013


Our Constitution Survey - Changing the rules in New Zealand: Views of Young People aged 12-25 years on our constitution
Contractor: Youth Law Auckland
Research Team: Candace Bobier, Ria Schroder, Sue Bagshaw, Mira Taitz
The government asked the Constitutional Advisory Panel to talk with New Zealanders about how they want the country to be run in the future. In an effort to provide the Panel with the views of young people aged 12-25 years on this issue, the Collaborative Trust and Youth Law created an on online survey via SurveyMonkey© consisting of several key questions posed by the Constitutional Conversation including questions on: electoral matters, New Zealand’s constitution, the Bill of Rights Act, the Treaty of Waitangi, and Māori representation in government.

Perceptions by Year 13 Focus Groups of Qualifications Offered by Lincoln University
Contractor: Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU), Lincoln University 
Research Team: Sarah McKay, Ria Schroder
Focus groups were conducted with year 13 students at six schools to ascertain their perceptions of qualifications offered by Lincoln University.

Respect All People (RAP) Whakamana Tangata Evaluation
Contractor: Te Kupenga Whakaoti Mahi Putanga - National Network of Stopping Violence
Research Team: Sarah Mckay, Ria Schroder, Sue Bagshaw, Kelly Pope, Alice Williams, Rachel McDonald, Cathy Cooper
This project provided an independent evaluation of the RAP Training programme as it was run between 2011 and 2013 In depth interviews were conducted with people who had attended the RAP training programmes and with young people who had participated in a RAP programme  Interviews were conducted in five different locations throughout New Zealand where RAP training had been held. This project built on an initial more quantitative report on the number of trainings held and direct feedback on the workshops, from the participants. (July 30th 2012 Turner, Schroder and Baghsaw).

What young people need to feel connected and succeed: A content analysis of five workshops held in Greater Christchurch on the theme of a youth charter for the city
Contractor: Strengthening the Youth Sector Group
Project Team: Cathy Cooper, Ria Schroder, Sue Bagshaw
This project evaluated the process undertaken by the Youth Charter Working Group to consult with the greater Christchurch community on their thoughts about a youth charter.

 

2012

Brief Intervention for Alcohol Use: Utility in a Family Planning Clinic Setting
Contractor: Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC)
Research Team: Sue Bagshaw, Sarah McKay, Mark Turner, Ria Schroder
This study, using quantitative and qualitative methods, was designed to ascertain the effectiveness of a brief intervention for alcohol use with clients requesting the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) or a check for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at one of 11 Family Planning Clinics in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Clients’ and clinicians’ perceptions of the BI were also examined.

Questions about effectiveness of the BI were addressed using a randomised control design which ensured that study participants were randomly assigned to receive either the active treatment condition (brief intervention for alcohol use) or the control condition (treatment as usual). Clinicians' and clients' perceptions about the use of the brief intervention for alcohol use were obtained through qualitative individual and focus group interviews.

Rebuilding Christchurch after the Earthquakes: Young People's Perspectives
Contractor: 24-7 YouthWork
Research Team: Sarah Mckay, Alice McLean, Mark Turner, 24-7 YouthWork
The earthquakes since September 2010 have impacted on the lives of all Cantabrians. These earthquakes have led to many changes in the city and the lives of its people. In March2011, 24-7 YouthWork was concerned about the need to include a youth voice in the plans for rebuilding Christchurch after the earthquakes. 24-7 YouthWork enlisted the help of The Collaborative Trust to conduct research with young people to find out how they would like Christchurch to be rebuilt. An on-line survey was designed to find out what is important to the young people of Christchurch and to give them a voice. In total, 4,159 young people responded. Following this, a series of focus groups was conducted to look more closely at some of the issues raised in the survey.

Youth Co-Existing Problem Resource Literature Review
Contractor: Werry Centre
Research Team: Sue Bagshaw, Ria Schroder, Mark Turner, Kelly Pope
Completed a literature review on the assessment of and intervention for co-existing problems in children and adolescents.  This literature review was conducted to provide the background for a resource for practitioners developed by the Werry Centre.

 

2010

Youth Led Like Minds Like Mine Project
Contractor:
Mental Health Foundation
Research Team:
Sarah Mckay, Sue Bagshaw
The purpose of this research was to explore young people’s perceptions of:
·         stigma and discrimination faced by young people with mental health issues
·         potential solutions to issues identified
·         potential leaders/participants for a peer based group to explore the development of initiatives to
          reduce the problems identified  


2009

Report on a study to investigate the possibility of increasing access to health care for young people in Rural North Canterbury/Waimakariri District
Contractor: Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation (RCPHO)
Research Team: Sue Bagshaw, Sarah McKay
The Rural Canterbury Primary Health Organisation (RCPHO) made a commitment to improve access to health care for adolescents within its population area. They commissioned the Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development Trust (The Collaborative), to investigate the health need and suggest ways in which to meet that health need, to improve the health of adolescents.

A health survey of year 9 students in four high schools in rural North Canterbury was conducted by nurses especially commissioned for the research. The survey covered health issues, risk behaviours and asked questions to discover risk and resilience factors in the lives of the young people. In addition focus groups were conducted with a random sample of students from each school and with the nurses, to enhance the information gained from the survey.

The Health Needs of Young People in CYF Residential Care
Contractor: Ministry of Health
Research Team: Sarah Mckay, Sue Bagshaw
This project was undertaken in conjunction with the Ministry of Health in a background of growing concern about the health of young people in State Care both in New Zealand and around the world.This was a two part project consisting of:

1. A quantitative survey of the health needs of young people in Child Youth and Family (CYF) residential care. The main aim of the survey was to ascertain the health status of the young people in residence. The surveys were undertaken with the young people in the two CYF residences in Christchurch and the CYF Youth Justice residence in Palmerston North.

2. A qualitative investigation into the perceptions that young people, who are currently in CYF residential youth justice or care and protection facilities, have of their wellbeing and current and long term health care needs.

 



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