With a lot of different research projects underway it may be helpful to understand what the main projects are and how they fit in with the outreach programme. For most clusters the research of main involvement will be the Manaiakalani Outreach Research.




Manaiakalani Outreach research


To assess the educationally significant outcomes for Outreach students. Collect quantitative and qualitative data over 6 time points. The data includes  (but is not limited to) student achievement measures (Years 1-3, Years 4-10 reading, maths and writing data;  NCEA levels 1-3 and UE) .

The research and development focus will be on high leverage contributors to student outcomes at community, school and teacher level.

The research is designed to provide the basis for ongoing redesign and redevelopment of the innovation.

All Outreach Clusters, All Schools

  • Twice yearly achievement data collection

  • Twice year observations (Some volunteers in each school)

  • Cluster/school feedback from Woolf Fisher Research Centre team

  • School level processes for self improvement will include data discussions and collective problem solving to meet student needs and cultural responsiveness.

Developing in Digital Worlds (2016-17)

Developing in Digital Worlds is a longitudinal study involving New Zealand children aged 4‐17 years. It is the first study in the world to identify links between teaching, family participation and game‐based learning to promote educational outcomes and equity. It will test how to promote achievement and participation in the digital world at school and out‐of‐school through cognitive and social development

How does participation in the digital world influence children’s cognitive and social development?

What skills, knowledge and capabilities do children need to manage, engage and benefit from participating in the digital world?

How can family educators and society effectively support children’s involvement in the digital world?

Manaiakalani and Kootuitui clusters

Participating schools

  • Twice yearly achievement data collection


  • One online questionnaire

  • One observation


  • Two questionnaires (3o mins)

  • One Blog task (30 mins)

Implementaion Manaiakalani Outreach Implementation Evaluation

The evaluation will specifically address local adaptation and variability (not just how much but also the quality of putting the principles in place)

Specific Research Questions

  1. In what ways are the Manaiakalani Outreach development activities implemented in Manaiakalani Outreach Clusters

  2. What is the nature of the change in collective processes within and across schools and clusters apparent during Manaiakalani implementation?

  3. What is the nature and effect of the Manaiakalani Outreach Programme Team support in each cluster?

  4. How is the variation of 1,2,3 related to learner outcomes

All Outreach Clusters

Observation of Cluster Learning Groups or meetings as required and interview with school leaders over the two years at times agreed between the researchers and participants.

Manaiakalani  Pedagogy Project (Original Manaiakalani Schools)

This focus builds on the first research and development cycle which focused on writing and the evidence collected about pedagogy and impact. The objective is to have as much impact on reading as there has been on writing. Students’ progress in reading, writing and mathematics in Years 1-13 will continue to be monitored but there will be a particular focus on Years 7 to 10.

This research is independent of the Outreach Research though is included here to make people aware of it.

Manaiakalani Cluster (Tamaki)

  • Twice Yearly achievement data collection

  • Twice yearly classroom  observations

  • Questionnaires

  • Cluster/school feedback from Woolf Fisher

Summer Learning Journey research project (completed)

The purpose of the programme was to provide our young people with an opportunity to practice their reading and writing over the holiday period.

All too often our students leave school at the end of the year and don’t practice their reading or writing very much over the summer holiday. When they return to school they struggle to remember what they learned the year before.

Manaiakalani Cluster (Tamaki)

  • 50 students who registered

  • 23 active students