Increasing Impact Through Learning

Research and evaluation are essential tools that help guide the Community Trust with our decision making, ensuring your community gets the maximum benefit from the funding we grant each year.

Recent Research

  • An Overview of Southland's Health Sector & Health Workforce: Issues and Shortages
    The Murihiku Health Scholarship Panel undertook this project to provide background information, data and context that would help inform the future direction of the Murihiku Health Scholarship programme operated by the Trust, in partnership with the Southern District Health Board. While it is not a complete stocktake of the health sector and health workforce in Southland it does however provide valuable context and enhances  our understanding of the health sector, as well as the current and future health workforce needs in Southland. To obtain a copy of the report please contact the Trust's Research Manager on 0800 500 185


  • Search, Rescue and Emergency Services in New Zealand
    To give New Zealand's community trusts a better understanding of search, rescue and emergency services, the trusts committed to jointly undertake a research project to develop an overview of the sector and services in New Zealand. This included an overview of the level of central government support for these services, the structure and funding of the various services and the challenges they are currently facing. To find our more


  • Southland Community Organisations Needs Assessment (CONA) Research
    Commissioned by Venture Southland and supported by the Community Trust of Southland, the aim of the research was to identify and determine the extent of various issues, pressures and/or opportunities impacting on community organisations at a regional and local level. The research was informed by three stakeholder meetings, ten focus groups and two-hundred and fifty-five phone interviews across a broad sample of community organisations from throughout the Southland region and the Queenstown, Glenorchy and West Otago areas. To find our more