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.

Community Resilience and Good Ageing: Doing Better in Bad Times

This two-year research programme funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) seeks to optimise outcomes for communities and older people in the context of adverse, natural events

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Building Energy End-use Study

CRESA are part of a multi-disciplinary team led by BRANZ Ltd and also including Energy Solutions Ltd, the Centre for Building Performance Research at Victoria University of Wellington, John Jowett, and

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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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