Research & evaluation


This Research and Evaluation projects update report (to November 2014) provides details of recent research on our programmes. The report summaries recently published research articles and research project reports (the last 3 years), and details research projects that are currently underway.

School-based mentoring: Examining the cultural and economic variations in engagement and effectiveness. Written by Kellie Noonan, Pat Bullen, Susan Farruggia for the University of Auckland, May 2012.

This paper examines the need for overseas mentoring models to be adapted to meet the needs of New Zealand youth.

H Hollis, K Deane, J Moore & N Harré. Young Maori Perceptions of a Youth Development Programme. Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of social Sciences Online. November, Issue 1, 2011.

Julie Moore and Niki Harré examine the eating behaviours, physical exercise and television viewing of secondary school students, and to investigate their relationship with parental monitoring and family cohesion. Printed in 2007.

In 2004, Graeme Dingle Foundation (formerly FYD) designed a randomised control trial (RCT) to assess the effectiveness of Project K, comparing outcomes for Project K students and a control group of students who did not take part in the programme. The RCT was implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) across eight programmes, between 2004 and 2007. This paper summarises some of the key findings reported by the MSD Centre for Social Research and Evaluation.

A study initiated in 2012 by the Graeme Dingle Foundation's (formerly FYD) Research and Evaluation team and an academic partner from the University of Auckland investigated the impact of the Stars Peer Mentoring programme on the Peer Mentors’ development of life effectiveness skills and pro-social values.

This report summarises some key research project findings related to gains for young people who have taken part in four Graeme Dingle foundation (formerly FYD) programmes: Project K; Stars; Kiwi Can; and Career Navigator.

It is the Graeme Dingle Foundation practice to stay at the leading edge in all areas of child and youth development, and evaluation is one of our key strategic drivers. With our University research partners we know our programmes: improve attitudes and behaviour; improve academic results; help young people set and achieve their goals; boost self-confidence; reduce truancy rates and at risk behaviours; and help young people feel more positive about the future.
This Research and Evaluation projects update provides a summary of past research projects, some key findings about our programmes and details research projects that are currently underway.