Mixed Methods

Mixed methods research brings together empirical evidence from large administrative data sets and & quantitative and/or qualitative survey data.


Low Literacy & Numeracy Skills

The expression, experience and transcendence of low-skill in Aotearoa New Zealand

Team: NZWRI members and a range of stakeholders (see the project webpage for more details).

Description: The overarching goal of this project is to provide policy recommendations to improve life-course trajectories and socio-economic outcomes of adults living with low literacy and/or numeracy skills. This research is aimed at shaping the ways in which we deal with literacy and numeracy issues in NZ with a focus on effective intervention.

Timeframe: This five-year programme spans October 2019-2024.


Disparities in Healthcare Access

Ethnic differences in the uptake of healthcare services: A Microanalysis

Team: Gail Pacheco (NZWRI, AUT);  Mary Hedges (NZWRI, AUT);  Alexander Plum (NZWRI, AUT); El-Shadan Tautolo (AUT); Nadia Charania (AUT); Sonia Lewycka (The University of Auckland); Terryann Clark (The University of Auckland).

There is extensive acknowledgement and evidence that ethnic gaps (particularly for Māori and Pacific Peoples) exist in the rates of GP registration, immunisation and dental checks. Underutilisation of these healthcare services may result in a number of adverse health outcomes in the long term. While there is some descriptive evidence available on the household and individual characteristics associated with the uptake of these services (particularly with respect to immunisation rates), there is currently no empirical research focused at understanding the relative contribution of potential drivers to the ethnic differences.

This project uses Growing Up in New Zealand data and aims to quantify the contribution of different factors (accessibility, mobility, socio-economic, parental and child characteristics) to ethnic gaps in healthcare service uptake. The key goal is to provide potential policy drivers to assist in closing these gaps.

Timeframe: July 2019 - June 2022

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