Our Research

  • We believe in order to make a difference, we need to have an understanding of the needs, issues and strengths in our communities.

    To help inform our grant making practice, from time to time we commission research. Here we share those findings with you.

    Strengthening Community Governance

    In March 2017 the annual meeting of the Nelson Tasman “Community and Whanau” group identified a number of areas for development and collaboration. One of these was building capacity in local community governance.

    This had earlier been identified in Rata Foundation’s Social Services Scan, 2015. Following the Community and Whanau meeting a working group was set up to better understand the needs of governance at a community level across the region. This group included Nelson City Council, Rata Foundation, Volunteer Nelson and the Department of Internal Affairs. With a partnership approach, the steering group commissioned qualitative research to understand community governance in Nelson Tasman. This report outlines the findings of the research.

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    A Snapshot of the Social Services Sector in Rātā Foundation's Funding Regions

    Rātā Foundation commissioned research to gain an understanding of the current issues and future needs of the Social Services sector.

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    Rātā Foundation Arts and Heritage Sector Scan

    This report has been prepared for the Rātā Foundation by EeMun Chen and Mark Tamura from MartinJenkins (Martin, Jenkins & Associates Limited). Input and peer review has also been provided by Angela Davies and Karyn McLeod from Rātā Foundation.

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    Rātā Foundation Sport and Recreation Sector Research Report

    July 2014. This research involved undertaking an environmental scan, which focused on identification of emerging issues.

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    Rātā Foundation Environment Sector Scan

    The Rātā Foundation is working through a programme of evidence informed priority setting to focus its funding strategically in the face of increasing demand. It has commissioned this report to provide background and technical expertise for the development of funding priorities for community organisations working for the environment.

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