The Ministry of Youth Development are funding a small research evaluation on the SWY experience for New Zealanders who were part of the SWY programmes 1 – 25. Led by the SWY New Zealand Alumni Association, this evaluation will highlight the experiences of past participants and understand the range of impacts that SWY has had on the lives of SWY New Zealand alumni. Furthermore, this evaluation is separate to the survey conducted earlier this year by IYEO as it is independent and targets only NZ Alumni. The evaluation will be useful for communicating with Japanese officials around the importance of the programme to remain in existence as well as foundational for New Zealand youth to continue to participate in, now and into the future. The evaluation will also contribute to building a stronger relationship with the MYD - the primary government department that liaises with Japanese officials, administers the selection process for delegations and provides important funding for the development of the SWY programme and SWYNZ Alumni Association.
A short questionnaire has been prepared below and seeks to find out particular highlights of your experience and to understand the ways in which the SWY experience impacted you afterwards. Please thoroughly read through the following information before beginning the questionnaire.
What is this evaluation about?
The evaluation attempts to understand the range of impacts that SWY has had on New Zealand alumni participants over the past 25 years.
Who is the conducting the research?
The researcher is Dr Acushla Deanne (Dee) O’Carroll, an emerging researcher as well as the current President of SWY New Zealand Alumni Association. This evaluation will be conducted and led by Dee in conjunction with SWYNZ Executive members. Dee’s research experience is largely qualitative analysis, kaupapa Māori research.
What will be done with the information?
From the information you provide in this questionnaire, we will aim to produce a report that consists of a collection of alumni ‘profiles’ highlighting experiences and impacts of the programme including use of images that you submit.
The report will then be submitted to the Ministry of Youth Development to understand the value of the SWY programme over the past 25 years for New Zealand Youth. Therefore, use of any of the information you provide may be used in this report and may be shared with Japanese Officials from the International Youth Exchange Office (IYEO) and/or SWY Administration staff.
The SWYNZ Alumni Association may also like to post some profiles to their website and/or social media channels to promote the SWY programme, please indicate in the questionnaire (there is a specific question that asks permission) if you grant us permission to do this.
This questionnaire will not be anonymous as we are seeking to produce profiles that will feature personal information such as your name, your SWY batch number and some of the experiences from the programme.
The online questionnaire consists of 6 demographic data related questions (compulsory in order to understand trends of responses) and 7 short answer questions. It is estimated to take between 10 - 15 minutes to complete. If you do not wish to answer a short answer question, please leave blank.
Can I receive a copy of my ‘profile’?
If you would like to receive a copy of your profile once the report has been collated, please indicate your email address in the final question of the questionnaire and a copy will be sent to you.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact the researcher or the SWYNZ Executive on the details listed below.
Dr Acushla Dee O’Carroll