Researcher/provider initiated research 2010/11

The Ministry manages a small budget available each year to fund researcher/provider initiated research projects selected through a competitive process. In 2010/11, two projects were identified for funding:

  • Project 1: Investigating Māori Input into Decision Making on Gambling
  • Project 2: Understanding Effective Facilitation Service Delivery

Project 1: Investigating Māori Input into Decision Making on Gambling

(Whakatirotirohia ngā kōrero ā te Māori mau atu ki te whakatakotoranga whakaaro petipeti)

Research Organisation: Hapai Te Hauora Tapui Ltd
Primary contact: Nicole Coupe

Contract Value: $65,200 (excl GST)
Contract Start date:  20 July 2011
Contract End date: 30 January 2013

Summary of project/aims

Aim: The aim of this research is to investigate what motivates Māori communities and whānau (family) to engage in the development and implementation of local and regional decision-making in general and around problem gambling.

Methods: A Kaupapa Māori framework that privileges indigenous language and protocols guides this research. A key principle of Kaupapa Māori research is that of Tino Rangātiratanga (self-determination) which ensures that the impetus for research comes from indigenous communities, tribes or people and is carried out for the benefit of indigenous people, by indigenous people.

Qualitative interviews and focus groups were undertaken with sixty-one participants. Purposive and snowball sampling on a scaffolded basis will be used in two unique indigenous nation boundaries: Ngāti Whatua Orakei – a marae situated in an urban setting and Hauraki – a rural-wide Māori collective consisting of four towns.


Project 2: Understanding Effective Facilitation Service Delivery

Research Organisation: Abacus Counselling Training & Supervision Ltd
Primary contact: Alison Penfold

Contract Value: $43,000 (excl GST)
Contract Start date: 20 July 2011
Contract End date: 20 April 2013

Summary of project/aims

Aim: The aim of this project is to explore the barriers to, and enablers of, the Facilitation intervention process (ie, active handover of problem gambling clients to other needed services), to assist in minimising or preventing associated harm from problem gambling.

Methods: Facilitation data in the CLIC (Client Information Collection) system was analysed and four problem gambling service providers were identified that were representative of a range of assessed client needs in addition to problem gambling therapy. Interviews were conducted with service practitioners, managers, and clients, as well as a range of four Facilitation service providers: lawyers, alcohol and drug treatment services, GPs, and budgeters. Stakeholders will be asked to provide feedback, and a final report will be provided to the Ministry of Health incorporating the findings and feedback, in the first half of 2013.

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