Impact Research New Zealand Limited Comes of Age
Impact Research New Zealand Limited (IRNZ Ltd) had its official launch on 31st July, 2018 to celebrate its first month of operation as a registered company in its new premises at 46H Stanley Street, Parnell, Auckland. This was a joyful occasion that brought together current research contractors, research associates, research partners, past and present clients, funders and friends. The Director and new owner of IRNZ Ltd, Dr Annie Weir, welcomed guests who came from as far away as Christchurch and Wellington.
The guest speakers included long-time research partner Sharon Shea, Principal of Shea Pita who provided a Mihi Whakatau and spoke of two themes she associated with the mahi of IRNZ Ltd ‘Insight and Exploration’ and ‘Hope, Faith and Love’. Denise Cosgrove, CEO of Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN) had been key to the smooth transition of IRNZ to IRNZ Ltd spoke of the excellent reputation IRNZ had built up under Dr Weir’s leadership and the firm foundations established for going forward. Dr Rod Watts (former CEO, PSN) proposed a toast to the future of IRNZ Ltd and reminded the guests of its origin.
In 2009, PSN identified a need for a research and development unit for the social service sector. Impact Research NZ Limited has grown out of a social enterprise (IRNZ), established by PSN in collaboration with Massey University. Dr Rod Watt and Associate Professor Mike O Brien (Massey University) were at the forefront of its establishment and long-time supporters of its development. Mike continued his support as an appointed Research Associate from 2012 to 2018.
Since 2010, Impact Research NZ has undertaken a wide range of research and evaluation projects in social services. From 2012 with the appointment of a new Director (Dr Annie Weir) and subsequent appointment of highly qualified honorary research associates, IRNZ was able to extend its range of research and evaluation projects to include the health and education sectors.
IRNZ’s work has encompassed a wide range of projects including: early childhood intervention services, social housing demand in Auckland, an academic programme for refugee youth, social workers in schools, drug and alcohol harm minimisation strategies, disaster relief, community finance initiatives, prevention of Māori suicide, vulnerable transient populations and community care programmes for the elderly. In addition, Impact Research NZ provides a consultancy to the NGO sector based on building capacity through Dancing with Data research and evaluation programmes and modules. IRNZ has considerable experience in supporting NGOs to implement Results Based Accountability.