What is the Centre for Community Research and Evaluation

Centre for Community Research and Evaluation (CCRE)

The Centre for Community Research and Evaluation was established in 2017 and is hosted by the School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. Working in collaboration with the social services sector the Centre strives to increase research and evaluation capacity through targeted support and networking.


A social services community which has the research and evaluation skills including implementation, dissemination and utilisation to enhance practice.


To work with not-for-profit and community-based organisations to foster practice excellence and build capacity in the social services sector, through training in research and evaluation, in order to contribute evidence of what works.

Read about the history of the CCRE


Goals of the Centre for Community Research and Evaluation

The goals of the Centre are two-fold:

1. Develop collaborations by:

  • Promoting connection with stakeholders in the not-for-profit sector and key partners both nationally and internationally.
  • Facilitating opportunities within and across sectors to enhance collective learning and engagement.

2. Increase research and evaluation capacity by:

  • Coaching and mentoring organisational leaders and human services professionals to develop their own research capabilities so that they can evaluate, refine and improve their own social programmes.
  • Supervising or facilitating research on the many exemplary or innovative programmes and interventions relevant to local communities in New Zealand.
  • Developing  and promoting collaborations with stakeholders in the not-for-profit sector and key partners both nationally and internationally.
  • Partnering with our large stable of community partners to develop sector-wide research priorities and facilitate sector collaboration.
  • Developing specialised leadership capabilities to support organisational readiness for research in the non-profit sector.
  • Ensuring the development of a robust evaluation approach to interventions.

Our Management Board

Centre Director

Professor Christa Fouché

Christa has worked as an educator, researcher, social worker, manager, and consultant in various contexts internationally. She has wide experience in leadership, teaching and research and workforce development. She believes strongly that working collaboratively with service providers to increase their research and evaluation capacity and capability will enhance practice and service delivery.



Associate Professor (Honorary) Robyn Dixon

Robyn is Associate Professor of Nursing (Honorary) in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences at The University of Auckland and co-Director of the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. For 12 years, prior to 2013, she was the Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research, an interfaculty multidisciplinary centre working at the interface of health, education and welfare. Robyn is recognised for her vast research and leadership skills and experience, and her ability to work collaboratively within and across organisations.


Management Board

Ms Wendy Bremner, CEO, Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc.

Ms Julie Moore, Research & Evaluation Manager, Graeme Dingle Foundation

Ms Tatiana Hohepa, GP Clinic Health Services Manager, Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Pikiao

(Two academic members to be confirmed)


Research Assistant

Dr Kate Brookson-Morris


Our partnerships

The Centre for Community Research and Evaluation has established partnerships with the following organisations with whom collaborative projects are being conducted or planned:

Existing and completed partnerships include:


Our activities

Several sector-specific and cross-sector professional development opportunities are planned. These will be open to anyone in the sector to attend. Proposed Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities will include:

  • Theory of Change
  • Ethics
  • Ethics in research involving Māori, Pasifika and ethnic minorities
  • Research and New Zealand’s bicultural Treaty obligations

The Graeme Dingle Foundation and the Centre for Community Research and Evaluation co-hosted a symposium on 7 July 2017 entitled "Creating Caring Connections".

Find out more about the Symposium.

On 17 March 2017 the Centre for Community Research and Evaluation hosted Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management Michael Austin from the University of California Berkeley for a day of practice research informed CPD. This was the Centre’s first cross-sector event and both sessions were well attended by a range of colleagues from the not-for-profit, health and social care sectors.

Find out more about Professor Michael Austin's CPD sessions.


Contact us

You are encouraged to discuss your practice research needs with us or to sign up for the workshops on offer. Email us at ccre@auckland.ac.nz if you would like to be included on the mailing list.