To build an evidence base
Te Kīwai Rangahau is the Research and Evaluation arm of Te Rau Matatini. This in-house service allows us to evaluate and assess the effectiveness of our own programmes and help others in the sector who need research expertise. We are also building our own indigenous evidence base so we can show people what works for Māori and for other indigenous communities.
Waka Hourua provides a clear focus for suicide prevention in Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities. It invites Māori and Pasifika communities to enhance resilience and build capacity to prevent suicide and to respond safely and effectively when and if suicide occurs.
The evidence base of Waka Hourua is integral to the success of the programme, with the research and evaluation undertaken by Te Kīwai Rangahau continuing to drive the importance of the Waka Hourua Outcomes Framework, whilst finalising evaluations and the research agenda with key partners and stakeholders, increasing their value within rauemi resources.
Waka Hourua Strategic Research Agenda
A key workstream within Waka Hourua is the development of a Strategic Research Agenda with a clear objective to build the evidence base of what works for Māori, whānau, hapū, iwi Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide.
It invites Māori and Pasifika communities to enhance resilience and build capacity to prevent suicide and to respond safely and effectively when and if suicide occurs.
Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua is the Strategic Research Agenda for Māori and Pasifika Suicide Prevention. The Agenda is driven by distinctive Māori and Pasifika priorities, aspirations, and values that are underpinned by the realities of Māori and Pasifika experience and world views.
The development of the Agenda included a series of workshops with key sector stakeholders, and an online consultation process through the Te Waka Hourua website in March 2014. Key themes for the Agenda were also discussed at the Otago University symposium of Māori & Indigenous Suicide Prevention in Wellington on 10 February 2014, and at the Growing Pasifika Solutions (GPS) conference in Auckland on 4 March 2014.The final agenda was reviewed, and endorsed by the Waka Hourua Leadership Group.
The Agenda provides a framework for the strategic priority areas for a one-off research fund that will help to build the evidence base of what works for Māori whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide, through research carried out by, with and for these groups.