The evaluation found that the Māori and Pacific Education Initiative was highly effective—a valuable investment overall. A positive economic return on the investment made by Foundation North was highly likely in the future; that is, the future economic value of improved educational outcomes is expected to significantly exceed the value of resources invested by the Foundation in the initiative.
Against the majority of evaluation criteria, the initiative was found to be highly effective. Where comparable educational data was available, it was clear that these projects were at least as successful or outperformed other similar projects.
For most projects, there was evidence of improved student attitudes to learning and life, increased whānau engagement in education, and improvements in engagement and retention. There was also evidence that some projects resulted in whānau having higher aspirations for themselves and their children and improvements in family functioning and relationships.
Culture is an integral and overt part of what most of the projects are about, and evidence confirmed that the projects enhanced and contributed to young people’s cultural confidence and identity.
There was also a range of evidence that, in combination, demonstrated that the vast majority of projects achieved outcomes that their families and communities value. The spread and scaling up of a number of the projects was also a strong indicator of the value of the projects’ outcomes.
The final reports are available at: https://www.foundationnorth.org.nz/news-and-reports/reports or below by downloading the individual PDF.