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Helping education research to empower all of our learners

 Māori symbol with title reading, Mā te whakakotahi i ō tātaou mātauranga ka hāpaitia ngā ākonga katoa. Brining together all of our understandings to empower all of our learners.

We’d like to invite you to contribute to a shared approach to changing education research and evaluation to empower all learners throughout Aotearoa. By having a shared vision and combining our understandings, our aim is to help education research and evaluation work better to improve outcomes for everyone, including ākonga, teachers, principals, researchers, families, whānau and communities.

An important opportunity

This is an exciting time to be involved. You’re at the start of a 10-year journey that will evolve over time to meet changing needs and incorporate new thinking and innovation.

Our Kaupapa

Our kaupapa is underpinned by the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and facilitated by the Ministry of Education, Education Review Office and NZCER. We’re developing a national strategy for research and evaluation to support better learning outcomes for all New Zealanders.

This strategy will:

  • Identify priorities for how we address our big challenges
  • Strengthen our partnerships/relationships and insights
  • Increase the usefulness of evidence in achieving better education outcomes for all.

Working together will strengthen what we do and the impact we can have for learners and for the education system.

Collectively we can focus on the things that achieve real benefits

  • As whānau, you want to ensure the best possible education outcomes for your tamariki, and
    to understand what works for their learning and why. Share with us what the research priorities
    should be.
  • As a current or past student, you have first-hand experience of our education system. Your
    thoughts and ideas on what works, and doesn’t work, can help shape your own journey going
    forward, those of your peers and family and others on their educational journeys. What are your
  • As a teacher, you reflect on the impact of your teaching on outcomes for all your learners. You
    know the areas you need more guidance and support in, and you recognise the value of evidence-based and informed practice. What are your priorities?
  • As a principal, dean or in another senior administrative role, you are well positioned to lead
    collaborative inquiry and change processes with your colleagues. What are your priorities?
  • As a researcher, you may be engaged in generating high quality evidence and insights that could
    be shared more widely and embedded in regular teaching practice. What are your priorities?

Join our kōrero

Your ideas matter. Your experience and insights matter. With your help, we can decide together what education research and evaluation matters most, and then support researchers and evaluators to get on with it.

Your input can be as big or as little as you’d like - answer some questions, provide a first-hand perspective or go into a greater layer of detail. It is your choice to take part and your voice really matters.

Complete the survey here

The consultation is open for feedback until 31 May 2022.

To find out more about our journey, view our discussion document [PDF, 7MB].

You can also email us at e.red@education.govt.nz.


As a steward of student and whānau personal information, the Ministry of Education is committed to ensuring the protection and appropriate use of all personal information that it collects, holds, uses and shares. All personal information is managed in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020. 

When making a submission using the online submission process your submission will be anonymous. However, please be aware that your submission may contain personal information that could identify you or another person. If this is the case, the Ministry will manage the information in your submission in accordance with the Privacy Act 2020. 

As part of this consultation process, you are able to provide your submission through the email address listed on this page. Please be aware that if you choose to provide written, video or audio submissions through the email address, the Ministry cannot guarantee the security of your emailed submission or any attachments to your email while it is in transit. Your email and any attachments will be secure once they have been received by the Ministry. If you have any concerns regarding the privacy and security of your submission the Ministry recommends that you use the online submission mechanism. 

In limited cases, we may be able to offer an alternative mechanism for verbal submissions. Please email e.red@education.govt.nz to request this.