Our outcomes are proven

At Graeme Dingle Foundation we have a research team that’s dedicated to evaluating and developing programme logic models, and measuring outcomes. This work provides an important evidence base which helps define and refine our programmes, so we’re always up to date, responsive and relevant.

To make sure our evaluation design and practices remain credible (and to provide opportunities for external evaluation projects), we work alongside the University of Auckland and Massey University. We are also open to proposals for independent research projects from Masters and PhD students or other research agencies.

For more information on our research please refer below:
Annual Projects Summary
How our Programmes Impact our Young People

If you have any questions or would like access to any research, contact Julie Moore

How well are graduates doing post Project K?

Our Research and Evaluation team was asked to conduct a survey to see how well students from Otumoetai & Mount Maunganui Colleges, in Western Bay of Plenty were doing post Project K.  The students attended College from 2010-2019. 

The aim of the survey was to explore the current status of the Project K graduates and gather their perceptions of the impact that Project K had on their education, career and other life achievements.

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A presentation summary can be found here

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  • Research Symposium 2019
  • Research and Evaluation Summary
  • School-based mentoring

Research Symposium 2019

‘Exploring the wellbeing of young people in Aotearoa’. This years symposium was a resounding success and attracted many guests from around the region and Aotearoa.

Presenters covered a diverse range of projects that explored what makes a good life for our young people, including  young people’s views on well being and a snapshot of social indicators for the youth of New Zealand.  We also looked at how young people can get the most from their participation in youth development programmes and explored  aspects of  everyday life, such as social media, that can have an impact on youth health and well-being.

The Symposium aims to bring together researchers who have been researching our programmes and other aspects of youth development, so that further opportunities can be explored and developed for the future.

View the presentations here:

What makes a good life? Children and young people’s views on wellbeing: Office of the Children’s Commissioner

Impressions from the wild: A thematic analysis of adolescents’ experience on Project K’s Wilderness Adventure: Madi Jones

Ngā Tikanga Whānaketanga – He Arotake Tuhinga: Dr Kelsey Deane & Zara Maslin

Numbers and the real stories they tell – Ronji Tanielu

New Zealand Youth & Social Media –Tamer Mohamed & Jade Phillips

Research and Evaluation Summary

This Research and Evaluation Summary provides details of recent research on our programmes. The report summarises recently published research articles, project reports and details research projects that are currently underway.

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School-based mentoring

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.

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