This think piece is a summary of findings from research undertaken by Massey University’s Centre for Social and Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation (SHORE). The project was initiated and funded by community trusts and philanthropic organisations concerned about the effectiveness of externally provided education programmes in schools.

Read the report SHORE summary think-piece.

Twelve New Zealand programmes were identified and assessed both against the evidence for effectiveness in creating behavioural change and good health outcomes and bestpractice principles for teaching and learning:


Confusion between learning outcomes and behavioural outcomes:


Promising directions identified in the literature included:


Suggested changes in direction require a significant commitment to extra resourcing and funding:


The project was initiated and funded by ASB Community Trust, Bay Trust, Community Trust of Otago, Eastern and Central Community Trust, JR McKenzie Trust, Tindall Foundation, Trust Waikato and Whanganui Community Foundation.

For further information contact: ASB Community Trust, 50 Ponsonby Road, Phone 09 360 0291 or 0800 272 878; Email:;