Centre for Research Evaluation and Social Assessment.


CRESA has been undertaking social research and evaluation for over two decades. Our research focuses on encouraging community development and sustainable communities.

Have a browse through the site to find links to a selection of our more recent work.  We don’t have all of our older projects/publications uploaded so do feel free to contact us if you are unable to find what you are looking for.

Improving the Architecture of Decision-Making (BBHTC SRA1)

When it comes to the current housing crisis – an awful lot of blaming has gone on. This 3-year research programme says let’s stop looking for the mythical ‘silver bullets’. Let’s stop turning the cycle of blame.

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Life When Renting (Ageing Well National Science Challenge project)

This 4-year research programme is about the future for New Zealand, and the older people of the future, where there is both population ageing and the rapid fall of what has been a historically high rate of home ownership.

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Recent Publication

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Ruth Fraser.

Kay Saville Smith

Research Director A sociologist, Kay has built up twenty years of solid expertise in community and social policy research. Her research areas include applied social research and evaluation in housing, public policy and community development.

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