Te Ihuwaka | Education Evaluation Centre

We evaluate the performance of the education system, the effectiveness of programmes and interventions, and shine a light on good practice.

Our work helps those in the education system to:

  • understand the performance and quality of education in New Zealand
  • develop the evidence base about what works to improve learning outcomes for all students
  • support education system reform, and evidence informed decision making and improvement in practice
  • reflect and integrate a te ao Māori worldview in the creation, implementation and dissemination of knowledge found through research and evaluation.


We regularly publish research and reports

Read the research we have published.

Our latest release  

Aotearoa New Zealand is ethnically diverse, and is rapidly becoming more so. In schools across the country more of our learners are from ethnic communities. By 2043, it is expected that more than one in four learners in New Zealand will be from an ethnic community. 

It is critical that education meets the needs of all our children. Our latest study looks at how education meets the needs of our learners from ethnic communities.

Many schools are already changing to embrace diverse ethnicities, but more change will be needed. This report includes options for change to make Aotearoa New Zealand a great place to learn for our children and young people from ethnic communities.

Read our latest release. 

We continue to research a range of questions

Read more about questions we are asking.

We are asking a range of research questions and use our work in schools and services, alongside broader research to:

Understand system performance, Evaluate initiatives - building our understanding of what works, Promote good practice


We hold research seminars about areas impacting New Zealand education

Find out about our regular seminars and forums.

Who we work with

We work closely with experts, whānau, iwi, and communities to ensure that our work reflects their perspective, the most up-to-date knowledge and appropriate tools and approaches.

We partner with organisations including the Ministry of Education, NZCER and universities to strengthen the evidence base and make better use of data.

For more information

Contact Te Ihuwaka: TeIhuwaka@ero.govt.nz