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What should a Lottery Community Sector Research request include?

The purpose of the Committee is to support research or evaluation projects by, with and for a community.

A request for Lottery Community Sector Research grant needs to show that:

  • it addresses needs identified by the community 
  • the community will participate in the project 
  • the results will be of benefit to the wider community.

Requests should also:

  • show an understanding of good practice research and evaluation principles 
  • show proper planning and adequate resources for the proposed research or evaluation activities
  • describe the research or evaluation methods you will use
  • name the organisations and/or people who will be involved in the project and their roles.

Requests are more likely to be funded if the need for the research or evaluation project and the benefits or outcomes for your organisations, sector or your community, hapū or iwi are clearly shown.

For further information about good practice in community research, you can visit 'What Works' here

What processes need to be in place for research or evaluation projects?

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.

How should people participating in community research or evaluation projects be treated?

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.

Is there any other information on community research or evaluation?

The following websites have useful resources, guidelines or information about good practice: