Research & Evidence

Understanding the state of play in our community, what is needed and what will make a difference is essential.

A strong evidence base ensures that initiatives are focused and achieve outcomes. View the range of excellent research and evidence sources recommended by the Wheelhouse.

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What Works

What Works is a site to help people gather robust data and information to tell a real story about what they are doing and the difference it makes.

Aimed at smaller community groups, if you need to reflect on your work, demonstrate its effectiveness and keep improving your practice, this site is for you.

Infometrics Community Profiles

Infometrics provides industry, regional, and general economic analysis and forecasts that assist organisations in making their planning, policy, and strategic decisions.

Infometrics Community Profiles are available, free of charge, and provide valuable information about our communities using visualisation for Census data.

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Statistics New Zealand

Statistics NZ’s goal is to unleash the power of data to change lives. This rich information helps people decide where to locate a business, what products to sell, where we need roads, schools and hospitals as well as measuring environmental progress, quality of life and how families are doing.

Statistics are used by government, local councils, Māori and business to help make decisions so that New Zealand’s economy, people and communities can thrive.

Insights Tool - Sport New Zealand

Sport New Zealand’s Community Sport Insights Tool is  designed to help those operating in the sport and recreation sector to better understand their participants and plan for future demand.  This tool has been designed to help you make evidence based decisions by providing access to key data sources, where users can build insights around regional populations and trends. The tool gives insight into regional demographics, expected population growth, health, activity behaviours and trends as well as school profiles and sport participation.

Overview Paper on the State of Volunteering 2017

This important contribution to the New Zealand literature on volunteering is a report written by a Volunteering New Zealand reference group, with the support of the Department of Internal Affairs

TSB Community Trust Research

TSB Community Trust is a philanthropic trust at the heart of the Taranaki community. The Trust has commissioned Taranaki research to help inform and guide priorities.

Taranaki Demographics Report:  In 2014 the TSB Community Trust commissioned a research overview of Taranaki demographics based on the 2013 Census Statistics, to assist with access to reliable data relating to Taranaki.
Child and Youth Wellbeing Report:  In 2014 the Trust commissioned a research report to find out more about the status of child and youth wellbeing in Taranaki to improve positive outcomes for our region's tamariki and rangatahi.


Superu is an information hub, a one-stop-shop for New Zealand social science government research related to education, health and wellbeing, crime and justice, families, children and young people.

The Hub currently hosts research from the Ministries of Social Development, Justice, Health and Education, Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu), Productivity Commission, Corrections, IRD, HNZC, OCC, CHRANZ, Creative NZ and many more.

Community Research

Community Research is the place to find good community research and researchers in New Zealand. You can find and upload research that is of interest to the Māori community and the Voluntary not-for-profit sector.