Our People

The Impact Research NZ team provides a dynamic response to your research and development needs. We bring research expertise in health, education, social service policy and practice and community development. We work with:

  • government agencies
  • non-government organisations
  • local providers
  • national providers
  • international providers

"At Impact Research NZ, we are passionate about improving the lives of New Zealanders through high quality research and evaluation, which has an impact on service delivery within the social sector"

- Director, Dr Annie Weir

Meet the Research Team

Dr Annie Weir
Director

Dr Weir is passionate about producing credible research and evaluation that informs organisational policies and practices in the education, health and social service sectors. She is particularly interested in how
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Dr Jane Holmes
Researcher

Dr Holmes completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Auckland. She has worked in both the tertiary education and community-based sectors. Her research interests are predominantly in the broad area of aging including such factors
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Meet the Research Associates

Dr Jane Furness
Research Associate

Dr Jane Furness has been involved in the field of adult education for over twenty years. She is a community psychologist who is passionate about education
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Dr Joce Jesson
Research Associate

Dr Jesson is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland until the end of 2012. She was previously a Principal Lecturer of Education Politics
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Dr Margaret McLean
Research Associate

Dr McLean is a part time Senior Lecturer who conducts research and teaches in Disability Studies based in the School of Critical Studies in Education, Faculty of Education
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Dr Eric Messick
Research Associate

Dr Eric Messick has been working in the areas of psychology, behaviour, and education for over 17 years. He is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA-D)
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Dr Mo'ale 'Otunuku
Research Associate

Dr. Mo’ale ‘Otunuku has been a secondary school teacher in Tonga and in New Zealand. Puzzled and keen to know more about the predicament of Maori and Pasifika
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Associate Professor Mike O' Brien
Research Associate

Dr O’ Brien is an Associate Professor at the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work at the University of Auckland and has previously been the co-ordinator of the Social Work
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Dr John Benseman
Research Associate

Dr John Benseman has a strong interest in using research and evaluation findings to inform the development of effective programmes for adults.
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Our People
At Impact Research NZ we believe that our people are our most valuable assets. With researchers and Research Associates who are leaders in their fields, our combined experience and expertise encompasses a broad range of social sector interests.
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Our Research and Evaluation
Research and evaluation are now seen as essential elements in the provision of the social services, and provide the means of measuring outcomes for clients, and informing service improvement.

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Contact Us
Impact Research NZ
PO Box 9591 Newmarket
Auckland 1149
Phone: 09 5208696
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