Te Rau Rangahau: Kaupapa Māori Research, Evaluation & Data Intelligence

High quality information is pivotal to the delivery of effective health and disability workforces and services. The health and disability sector needs to make good use of the knowledge available to ensure services meet the needs of the Māori population. Reputable and extensive results in a well-established foundation of programmes is developed by Te Rau Ora.

As Te Rau Rangahau, we conduct research and evaluation to ensure programmes are supported by credible evidence based and indigenous data.  We have developed a suite of resources and methods to capture data and produce in-depth findings and reports to guide programme development, Māori health and wellbeing, and inform Māori mental health and addiction leadership.

As the team continues to provide evidence to underpin all programme development and leadership in action.  We disseminate the research and evaluative findings to share key learnings, and we scope and deliver culturally competent, Māori centred programmes as a constructive way to foster Māori being able to receive health and disability services that promote wellbeing.

Indigenous Solutions Māori Mental Health Resilience

Health Research Council and the Ministry of Health partnered in the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases Programme. Te Rau Rangahau were fortunate to receive an award within this programme, to work beside Te Puna Hauora (Tauranga), Te Ahurei a Rangatahi (Hamilton) and Pasifika Family Centre (Lower Hutt).  In a collaborative research programme, it is our role to help these three unique providers to evidence the success factors for Māori and Pasifika youth mental health resilience.

Collaboration on Indigenous Outcomes Measures

We are part of a collaborative indigenous group  with members from United States of America, Canada and Australia, who are focused on Indigenous Health and Wellness Outcome Measurement.  With Sir Mason Durie, and other key Māori leaders, the conversations and efforts are contributing to an indigenous wellbeing outcome measure that aligns well with Māori perspectives of wellbeing.  This is a deliberate indigenous led response to create and inform a traditional and contemporary perspective of wellbeing from first nations peoples, with outcome measurements important to them.

Collaboration with indigenous partners on best practice for Wellbeing, Mental Health, and Suicide Prevention

Te Rau Rangahau have contributed to the Centre of Best Practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Suicide Prevention (CBPATSISP) Expert group in Australia. The experience of the participation in the group and the outcome of the best practice method have been useful in appreciating other indigenous peoples approaches to reducing the causes, prevalence and impact of suicide on Indigenous people, whānau and communities.

Research In Progress

Rangatahi Māori Chapter: Suicide Mortality Review Committee, Health Quality & Safety Commission

In partnership with Suicide Mortality Review Committee (HQSC) Te Rau Rangahau completed one chapter focusing on Rangatahi Māori, and the promising methods emerging to build the capacity and capability of Māori to address suicide.  Further work is underway,  in capturing the perspectives of whānau with experience of losing a loved one to suicide.

Wahine & Kotiro Scoping Project: Health Quality & Safety Commission

In the last decade the rate of Māori women and girls taking their lives has doubled.  In partnership with Suicide Mortality Review Committee (HQSC), a scoping project is underway to determine if the evidence can indicate why there is an increased trend of Māori women and girls taking their lives in Aotearoa. It is envisioned this work may lead to more substantial research.

Evidence Hub on Māori Suicide Prevention

Te Rau Rangahau and the Waka Hourua Suicide Prevention Leadership Group in partnership with stakeholders have dedicated to building an evidence hub unique to Aotearoa in suicide prevention, that is specific to the learnings and aspirations of Māori.  This has involved:

  • Waka Hourua Outcomes Framework, a mechanism developed and used to measure and monitor the evidence and impact of  Māori  Suicide Prevention initiatives.
  • A three year National Māori  and Pasifika Suicide Research Agenda: Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua I (2014 – 2016) which provided the direction for research priorities into Māori and Pasifika suicide prevention.
  • Four national suicide  prevention research projects (two Māori and two Pasifika):
    • He Waipuna Koropupū: explored and created a knowledge base  to inform practice in relation to Taranaki Māori suicide.
    • ”Towards Mauri Ora” explored the contribution of an indigenous entrepreneurship education programme to increase Māori wellbeing.
    • Suicide Postvention Guidelines for Pasifika Communities
    • Identifying cultural strengths and links with suicide prevention approaches in three Pasifika groups (Tokelauan, Cook Island and Samoan)
  • 47 Māori  Community Fund Projects were part of a one off contestable fund, we managed as part of Waka Hourua to support community-based suicide intervention initiatives.  In each of the 47 Community Funds, we developed the mechanisms for fund procurement, performance monitoring and evaluation.
  • Currently, we host the three year National Māori  and Pasifika Suicide Research Agenda: Te Rā o Te Waka Hourua II (2017 – 2021).  It provides a framework for the strategic priority areas that will help Māori and Pasifika to build the evidence base of what works for whānau, hapū, iwi, Pasifika families and communities to prevent suicide, through research carried out by, with and for these groups, as determined by Māori and Pasifika communities. 

Programme & Service Evaluation

Te Rau Rangahau evaluate all Te Rau Ora programmes  and are often requested to  evaluate programmes and services delivered by Māori and non Māori  groups and organisations.  Our objectives are to foster  ongoing quality improvement, to contribute to an evidence base of what is demonstrating promising practice, tangible outcomes and successes for Māori, that are informed by recognised Māori and research methodologies and methods.

Kaupapa Māori Evidence Hub: Publications, Resources, Outcome Measures

Te Rau Ora develop publications about issues and solutions related to Māori. Knowledge generation is an important foundation for increasing the access to culturally relevant data and resources, written by Māori that include evidence and practice informed kaupapa.

Te Rau Rangahau produced the most recent data of the Māori Health Workforce in Aotearoa (Profiling the Māori Health Workforce Report and Te Iti me Rahi: Everyone Counts). There is now evidence of the value of investments in the Māori health sector and the considerable qualifications Māori possess in comparison to the general Māori population.

Te Mauri Pimatisiwin

is an international indigenous peer reviewed Journal we host which contributes to Māori  and indigenous peoples being able to publish and share the growing indigenous evidence base.  Three journals are published per annum, a special edition focused on Māori suicide prevention and postvention will be published in September 2019.

Te Ipu Whakahaua

An indigenous clearing house of evidence compiled and managed by Te Rau Ora. It consists of a continual growing evidence base of information, studies, journals and theses focused on broad subjects that contribute to Māori wellbeing.

Hua Oranga

This is the Outcomes Measurement Tool based on Te Whare Tapa Whā. Developed by Dr Te Kani Kingi, then further validated by Dr Kahu McClintock and Professor Graham Melsop.  We host Hua Oranga with Te Rau Ora.


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