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Research and evaluation project requirements Lottery Community Sector ResearchTe Tahua Rangahau mo ngā Hapori

Research involves using a planned process to find answers to questions in your community, hapū or iwi.

Evaluation involves looking at the quality or value of a project or service to your community, hapū or iwi.

Research or evaluation must be carried out to a high standard. Processes need to be in place to ensure that:

  • researchers or evaluators interact appropriately with people in the community
  • suitable data collection methods are used
  • consent, confidentiality and privacy standards and requirements are met
  • the findings are reported back to the community.

Ethics and culturally responsive research and evaluation

Research or evaluation projects that involve interviewing people, asking people to fill out questionnaires or observing people’s behaviour must meet accepted ethical practices. This means ensuring that the people who take part:

  • are treated with respect
  • are fully informed about the project
  • give their consent to participate
  • are not harmed by the project, their participation in it, or the published research findings.

The grant request should fully cover any issues involving ethics and cultural appropriateness. The following websites have useful resources, guidelines or information about good practice:

Preparing a grant request

The online form for Lottery Community Sector Research requests requires an overview of your research and/or evaluation project and what you are hoping to achieve. Here is a guide to completing the online form:

Q: What do you want funding for?

Provide an executive summary for your project (100 words or less).

Q: What community need do you propose to meet?

Explain the need for the community research and/or evaluation.

Q: How will you address the need?

Identify the aim of the research and/or evaluation.

Q: What are the expected benefits/outcomes?

List the research and/or evaluation benefits and intended outcomes.

Q: Mahinga/activities: briefly describe your project or planned activities:

Describe the research method or evaluation approach you will use.

Q: How do you know this is needed?

Explain why the proposed approach or method is suitable.

Q: How will you achieve it?

Describe what resources will be used and how.

Q: How will you show you have achieved the benefits/outcomes?

Explain how you will measure the research or evaluation benefits and outcomes.

Q: What community participation/collaboration will be involved?

List the organisations or communities you are working with.  (Note: there is a template in the online form to add the names, roles and experience of those who will be working on your project.)

Q: How does your request fit the purpose or priorities of this fund?

Explain which research outcomes meet the Committee’s priorities.

Grant requests must be supported by:

  • a project plan giving details of the timeline, the proposed activities and who will deliver these
  • a project budget that includes the time and costs for each project team member.   

Research availability

The results of any research or evaluation projects that are funded are expected to be published and available to the public, unless there are special circumstances. Those receiving Lottery Community Sector Research grants are expected to upload their research findings or reports to

People or organisations receiving grants must make sure that:

  • their research or evaluation findings or report are in a form suitable for publication
  • any personal or other confidential data they have received or collected remains confidential
  • any community or other ownership of intellectual property is respected.

Ownership of any intellectual property developed from activities funded by a Lottery Community Sector Research Committee grant will depend on the agreement between the person receiving the grant, their community, hapū or iwi, and any service providers that are involved.

The Lottery Grants Board and the Lottery Community Sector Research Committee have no liability for any published research or evaluation findings or other material that may be considered defamatory.

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