Te Ihuwaka Strategy

Te Ihuwaka strategy on a page

Our goal

That our evaluation insights are a catalyst for change so that every child achieves. 

Our vision 

  • to understand the performance of the education system in New Zealand for al learners
  • to develop the evidence base about what works, to improve learning outcomes for all students
  • to support evidence based decision-making and improvement in practice 
  • to reflect and integrate a te ao Māori world view in the creation, implementation and dissemination of knowledge. 

Our values

  • Kotahitanga: Children are at the centre of what we do
  • Tika and Pono: We are professional
  • Mahi Tahi: We work together to get the job done
  • Manaakitanga: We are respectful and caring
  • Whanaungatanga: We draw strength from the collective
  • Akoranga: We learn and improve

How we work

  • We reflect the educational priorities of the Government.
  • We deliver high quality, robust research and evaluation.
  • We partner with others to build our shared understanding.
  • We hear student perspectives and whānau voices.
  • We use a wide range of tools, methodologies and approaches.
  • We actively include a te ao Māori and kaupapa Māori view in our work.
  • We tailor and disseminate our findings for different audiences.
  • We invest in our people and our team.

What we do

We undertake 3 types of work:

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We focus on 9 areas:

Te Ihuwaka 9 focus areas
  • Ākonga wellbeing 
  • Learning and achievement 
  • System performance and reform 
  • Support services, networks and collaboration 
  • Leadership and workforce capability 
  • Curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and pathways 
  • Quality outcomes for Māori and revitalisation of te reo  
  • Equitable outcomes for pacific and priority learners 
  • Effective targeted interventions  

Priorities for 2021

  1. Building our understanding of education system performance
  2. Shining a light on provision for vulnerable groups
  3. Strengthening the evidence base for Māori and Pacific learners
  4. Increasing our understanding of effective interventions
  5. Building Te Ihuwaka's culture, capability and reputation