The quarterly Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum is convened by ANGOA, the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa, with assistance from the Office for the Community and Voluntary Sector at the NZ Ministry of Social Development.

The intention is to involve a balance of people (e.g. from the community and voluntary sector, government, universities) who are actively seeking to increase the pool of information on the sector by undertaking research or research-related projects, or by promoting or funding research.

Meetings are open to all who are working to increase the pool of information on the voluntary sector by undertaking research or research-related projects, or by promoting or funding research.

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Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forum

Reminder: Wellington Research Forum: Tuesday 25 May 2010, 1pm - 4pm. Venue: The Families Commission, 6thFloor, Public Trust Building, 117-125 Lambton Quay, Wellington.

Please RSVP todave.henderson@angoa.org.nz

Please also pass this invitation on to others who may be interested. These forums are open to all who are interested to share experience and expertise, to increase the pool of information on the voluntary sector by undertaking research or research-related projects, or to promote or fund research.

The Community and Voluntary Sector Research Forums are convened by ANGOA, the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa. Warm thanks our presenters and to the Families Commission for providing the venue.

If you would like to discuss or present research you are involved in at one of these forums please contact ANGOA Coordinator Dave Henderson, dave.henderson@angoa.org.nz. Please advise also if you want to be added to this mail list, or if you do not wish to receive further material. Thanks.

In this Update

  1. Agenda for the 25 May Research Forum in Wellington
  2. Invitation: Dunedin Research Forum
  3. Data Quoted in Minister's Speech: Where did it come from?
  4. Invitation; Research Seminar 2010 - Wellington
  5. Connecting Up: social services for our time
  6. Presentations from the 27 April Research Forum in Auckland
  7. Research Forum and Roundtable Dates for 2010
  8. ANGOA Information and Membership
  9. Disclaimer

1. Agenda for the 25 May Research Forum in Wellington

If you would like to present or discuss your work, or recommend someone you want to hear from at one of these forums, please contact dave.henderson@angoa.org.nz

Bridget Murphy and Brendan Mai, Statistics New Zealand: The New Zealand General Social Survey and other SNZ resources

Bridget and Brendan will give an overview on what Stats NZ work relevant to the community and volunteer sector - GSS, Time Use, Census, HLFS, Stats NZ involvement in the John Hopkins project etc. The ILO, in conjunction with Johns Hopkins University (JHU) and the United Nations Volunteer Programme, have undertaken to develop a methodology for measuring volunteer work through labour force or other household-based surveys.

The advantage of the NZGSS as opposed to other datasets is that it is cross-domain. This allows you to investigate volunteering against a range of other factors, such as:

  • demographics(age, sex, ethnicity, born in NZ?, income etc),
  • health,
  • housing,
  • family type,
  • access to public transport,
  • education
  • etc - the list goes on and on.

If you go to www.stats.govt.nz/nzgssyou will see in the box at the top of that page there is a 'Volunteering Facts Sheet' that you might find particularly useful. If you are interested in any specific stats, have a look at the data dictionary in the same link for an idea of the questions in the survey.

For more information go to the website or contact bridget.murphy@stats.govt.nzor brendon.mai@stats.govt.nz.

David Stuart, Families Commission; Paths of Victory: 'A case study of Victory Village (Victory Primary School and Victory Community Health Centre)

Victory Village is a partnership between Victory Primary School and Victory Community Health. The partnership has developed a 'community hub' at the school that integrates education, social and health services and community development activities. The Families Commission has undertaken case study research into the key features of this approach and the difference it is making.

This presentation will:

  • situate Victory Village in education and social services literature
  • present key background features at Victory
  • show a model of how Victory Village works
  • cover some outcomes reported in the research.

For further information on the study: David.Stuart@nzfamilies.org.nz

Jan Hinde, Tangata Whenua Community and Voluntary Sector Research Centre

Recently appointed as Centre Manager, Jan Hinde has been linking up with various sector leaders to discuss future developments, links, and possibilities for joint work that will support research in and by our sector. The ANGOA Research Forum has supported the concept of the Centre since the idea was first discussed in 2003, so where are we up to in 2010?

Jan is well known in the sector from her previous roles with the Arts Council and with Arts Access Aotearoa.

To contact Jan: jan.hinde@communityresearch.org.nz

Round Robin: Any other research issues and activities:

An opportunity to talk about Research in your organisation, to contribute and discuss short items of interest, news or announcements re research in the sector, and to seek possible collaborators in your work!

2. Invitation: Dunedin Research Forum

In a new addition to the schedule of Research Forums, one will be held on 30 June 2010, 12 noon - 2pm. The venue is the Alexander McMillan Room, Community House, Moray Place, Dunedin.

This first meeting to be jointly hosted by the Dunedin Council of Social Services, Dept of Social and Community Work at Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and ANGOA.

A series of presentations will be followed by an open discussion - Where to from here, how do we want to see this forum develop?

For further information: Jenny Aimers, jennya@tekotago.ac.nz

3. Data Quoted in Minister's Speech: Where did it come from?

You may recall on 11 November a speech by Minister Turia included some of the data below. After receiving enquiries from people who were there, ANGOA asked OCVS where it came from, and James King provided the source: http://www.prosperity.com/country.aspx?id=NZ. Amongst the economic analysis is the following:

Social Capital - Ranked 1st

"Trusting and willing to help strangers, close knit New Zealanders display the highest level of social capital of all countries surveyed

More than nine out of 10 New Zealanders believe they can rely on friends and family. There are also high levels of social capital in the community: the country has the second highest volunteering rate, with 44% having donated their time in 2008.* Membership of groups is a good indicator of an engaged, interdependent society and New Zealanders also score strongly here; 39% give their time to arts organisations, 43% regularly attend a religious organisation or institution, and 56% are members of a sports organisation.* Social trust is high, with 51% believing that others can be trusted and 67% of respondents saying they have helped a stranger in the previous month.* By international standards, New Zealand is not a religious country, ranking 71st on this variable.*"

* Data taken from the Gallup World Poll

"What is the Prosperity Index?

"The Legatum Prosperity Index is the world's only global assessment of wealth and wellbeing; unlike other studies that rank countries by actual levels of wealth, life satisfaction or development, the Prosperity Index produces rankings based upon the very foundations of prosperity - those factors that help drive economic growth and produce happy citizens over the long term. www.prosperity.com/default.aspx"

ANGOA Comments:

This is lovely, but not real in 2010. The direction being taken by John Key's government does not indicate an intention to sustain the wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in our communities. The distance between rich and poor is growing very rapidly, and there is good international evidence that this will have negative health, education and economic impact on all New Zealanders. It will certainly undermine the positive indices above.

4. Invitation; Research Seminar 2010 - Wellington

The Families Commission is pleased to invite you to the 2010 annual Research Seminar which will have the following themes:

  • family economic wellbeing
  • family services and communities
  • family relationships
  • whanau

WHEN: Thursday 3 June, 2010, 8.30am to 4.30pm

WHERE: Civic Suites, Wellington Convention Centre, Wakefield Street, Wellington

You may attend as many sessions as you wish. Please pass on this invitation to people within your networks who may also be interested in attending. TO REGISTER: http://www.nzfamilies.org.nz/research-seminar-2010

The Families Commission is committed to stimulating and promoting research into matters relating to the interests of families and whänau. Quality research is essential to the development and enhancement of family policy and informs effective practice involving family wellbeing. We will be presenting the results of recently completed projects, and progress reports on studies underway. This is an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and other interested groups to come together and discuss issues of significance for families and whänau.

5. Connecting Up: social services for our time

Social Service Providers Aotearoa Annual Conference 2010: Christchurch, 2nd - 3rd September

The conference is offering the following 4 streams:

  • Violence Prevention
  • Inspirational Practice with Children, Young People and Families,
  • Collective/multi Agency Service Delivery Endeavours
  • Management and Leadership.

Keynote addresses from Dr Angus McFarlane / Hon Tariana Turia / Prof Gordon Harold

University of Canterbury (Dovedale Ave site)

Details / updates www.sspa.org.nz

Early Bird Registrations by 16th July 2010

6. Presentations from the 27 April Research Forum in Auckland

Ted Zorn; Survey of Community and Voluntary Organisations' Use of Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)

Ted Zorn, Professor in the Department of Management Communication at Waikato Management School, University of Waikato in Hamilton spoke about the recently-published results of the survey he did with Dr Margaret Richardson. The results have significant implications for how we communicate - with each other and with our members and service recipients. Amongst much more detail;

More organisations provide remote access to online resources in 2008 (28.1% in 2008 compared with 20.4% in 2005)

  • More organisations have access to broadband in 2008 (59.5% overall) compared with 2005 (37.7% overall)
  • More organisations have a website in 2008 (52.8% overall) compared with 2005 (36.3% overall)
  • Fewer organisations report having no computer. However, fewer have purchased new computers recently than was the case in 2005. Organisations appear to be buying new computers less frequently, and keeping them for longer periods.

The report is online at http://wms-soros.mngt.waikato.ac.nz/ICT/Research+Papers.htmbut this will be an opportunity to discuss it directly with Ted.

www.mngt.waikato.ac.nz/mcomwww.mngt.waikato.ac.nz/ict

David Shannon, Strategic Pay Ltd; Remuneration in the Community and Voluntary Sector

Regrettably David was unable to be present but there was an interesting discussion.

Dave Henderson reminded those present that previous surveys by Strategic Pay Ltd have identified significant gaps between the earnings of people working in the community not-for-profit sector and other sectors such as for-profit business, and central or local government.

Strategic Pay recently opened its 2010 survey and is encouraging more organisations to take part. With more organisations taking part each year the database grows, and with it the ability to compare pay rates, conditions and trends across the sector as well as with the Government and the Private sectors.

Dave reported on discussions in ANGOA about what people think are the roots of the disparity in pay between this sector and others;

  • Is it really a "love factor" - people accept lower pay because they are committed to the cause and they love the work?
  • Is it a deep-seated mixing or cross-over of the concepts of volunteering and paid work? or
  • Is it a sense of disempowerment - we accept the chronic underfunding of public services that successive governments have pushed out to community organisations?

Comments from those present tended to confirm that the acceptance of low pay results from a mixture of commitment to the people being assisted by the service combined with a sense of disempowerment and an inability to see any leverage points with Government to achieve more appropriate funding. Behind it all is Government's attributing a low value to the sector and its contribution to society.

Evidence from the Elder Care sector however indicates low wages are also prevalent in the privately-owned rest home industry. This suggests the attribution of low value is not related to non-profit or community-based organisations per se, but to the workers and organisations whose focus is on people and community. It is notable that the private owners of rest homes are able to generate significant profits from the support Government provides.

Directors' and Trustees' fees are another area David is interested in discussing - many people on not-for-profit boards and committees assume they will be unpaid volunteers or be reimbursed expenses-only at best, but the same questions apply as for paid staff. Anecdotal experience is that it is "all over the place" - from some few who might be on a more "commercial" level down to many, many who receive nothing - with a scattering in between receiving "notional" payments or "expenses only" and so on. Discussion among those present confirmed this.
David Shannon, Senior Consultant, Strategic Pay Limited; David@strategicpay.co.nz

Chris Holland, Director of Impact Research

Launched on 15 March, supported by Presbyterian Support Northern, Impact Research has a vision to contribute to a just society where people have a voice, where communities are resourced to work together and realise their goals, and where families and individuals are safe.

"Our main contribution is to strengthen social service outcomes through rigorous, accessible and participatory research. To achieve this we work collaboratively with government, the established social sector research community and with social service agencies. A particular focus is providing research into families, older people and people with disabilities.

"The cornerstones of our practice are wide collaboration within the sector and the use of participatory methods of research. In working with government agencies and non-government organisations in the sector, Impact Research identifies and contributes to addressing current issues. It complements and supports other research carried out in, for and by the sector, helping to answer the question - what difference are we making?

"Impact Research has developed a formal partnership, not involving governance or ownership, with Massey University. Massey University provides support around the design and research quality of research projects and links to other community based or community orientated researchers in New Zealand and internationally. In return Impact Research extends the research of Massey's community focused research staff, and also provides research opportunities for Master's and PhD students and practice development and placement opportunities for students.

http://www.impactresearch.org.nz/Site/Northern/Impact_Research/About/default.aspx

Chris was very involved in ANGOA's review of the Statement of Government Intentions for an Improved Relationship with the Community and Voluntary Sector; see

http://angoa.org.nz/pages/show_file.php?filepath=pages/news_archive/2009-06-05-sogi-improved-relationships.php

7. ANGOA Forum dates for 2010

Offers, suggestions or recommendations of presentations are welcome for any or all of the following events; please contact theCoordinatordave.henderson@angoa.org.nz

Wellington - Monthly Roundtable:

  • Second Wednesday each month, 10am to midday; 9 June, 14 July, 11 August, 8 September, 13 October, 10 November (AGM and Forum)
  • Venue is the Centre for Global Development, 2nd Floor, James Smiths Building, Corner of Cuba and Manners Streets, Wellington.

Wellington Research Forum:

  • Quarterly on the fourth TUESDAYof the month; 25 May, 24 August, 23 November: 1pm to 4pm
  • Venue is the Families Commission, 6thFloor, Public Trust Building, 117-125 Lambton Quay, Wellington.

Auckland Research Forum:

  • Tuesday 26 October, 1pm to 4pm
  • Venue is the Lynfield Room, Fickling Centre, Mount Albert Rd, Three Kings.

Christchurch Research Forum:

  • Wednesday 29 September, 1pm to 4pm
  • The Boardroom, Beckenham Service Centre and Library, Christchurch City Council, 66 Colombo Street

DUNEDIN RESEARCH FORUM - NEW ADDITION!

  • 30 June 2010, 12 noon - 2pm.
  • the Alexander McMillan Room, Community House, Moray Place, Dunedin
  • This first meeting to be jointly hosted by the Dunedin Council of Social Services, Dept of Social and Community Work at Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and ANGOA.

8. ANGOA Information and Membership

  • Postal Address: PO Box 24 243, Manners Street, Wellington.
  • Website: Can be referred to for more information about ANGOA activities: www.angoa.org.nz
  • The ANGOA Coordinator works part-time and is best contacted at dave.henderson@angoa.org.nzor for urgent matters at 04 972 7708.
  • ANGOA is an Association of organisations in the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector in Aotearoa/NZ, largely funded by an independent family trust. We welcome membership applications from eligible groups; the subscription is $50 per year. We also welcome donations from individuals and organisations that are not eligible for membership - these contributions are all an important source of support for ANGOA's work, helping maintain our independence. More information is available from the ANGOA Coordinator, www.angoa.org.nz.

9. Disclaimer

This newsletter is produced by ANGOA, the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa. All the information is intended to assist readers pursuing an interest in matters relating to research in the tangata whenua, community and voluntary sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. An effort is made within available resources to ensure accuracy but no guarantee is given or implied. If you have contributions, comments or suggestions, please forward them to dave.henderson@angoa.org.nz. We thank you warmly for your support, and hope to see you at these meetings!