In 2014 Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (NPM) commissioned a report from the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) to assess the economic, social and other impacts of the Māori Centre of Research Excellence.
A summary of key findings from this research impact evaluation were:
Communities were involved in shaping and designing over 80% of NPM research projects
NPM’s research is highly valued by its end-users
The majority of the projects reported improving the practices, processes and policies of end-users such as tribal authorities or iwi
NPM researchers are highly engaged with the Māori communities they work amongst
NPM is a unique organisation, with no international benchmark to compare it with
The impacts of NPM projects are often localised and highly relevant to the communities involved
NPM has established an extensive formal and informal network of cooperation between its partner research institutions that is unprecedented
Almost half of NPM’s projects received additional direct funding
The intent behind the commissioning of this research impact evaluation report was to develop a means by which we could assess and determine the social and economic outcomes and impacts of NPM research.