ANZASW Practice Standard 8/SWRB Core Competency 5: Research & Survey Participation Invites

Hello.  My name is Donna Finlayson, and I am currently completing my Masters in Applied Social Work at Massey University in Palmerston North.  As part of the course requirements, I am required to complete a research project.

I am very interested in interviewing registered social workers who have been working with family whānau caregivers to determine what they think the role of the Government should be in supporting these caregivers.  As part of this research, I am interested in finding out what services family whānau caregivers need but are currently not receiving to support their caregiving role.

Invitation to participate

I invite you to participate in the research project and would appreciate your views and knowledge on this internationally contentious topic.

I am specifically looking for participants who are:

  • registered social workers
  • experienced (at least three years) working with family whānau caregivers
  • reside in Wellington Central.

I do not anticipate any discomfort or risk associated with the interview.  However, you are able to withdraw from the interview process if at any time you feel unable to continue.

If you are interested to participate please contact Donna Finlayson, email

Financial management is one of the critical skills for individual’s financial well-being. Several programs have been implemented nationwide to increase individual’s financial literacy. Having a standard measurement would enhance the rigorousness of the evaluation of these programs.

Dr. Hoa Nguyen from Unitec Institute of Technology is collaborating with Henderson Budgeting Services Inc. to test and validate a financial self-efficacy scale (FSES) for people in Aotearoa New Zealand, which could then be used in future studies to examine the impacts of financial literacy education on participants’ financial self-efficacy. They need your help in testing the scale. The scale will take about 10-15 minutes to complete. All of your answers are confidential and anonymous. There is no information collected that could identify you.

Please click here to take the scale:

My name is Ruth Dudley  and I am currently undertaking a Masters of Applied Social Work (MASW) degree at Massey University. In partial fulfillment of this degree I will be completing a research project which explores social and community workers perceptions of Strengthening Families and its capacity to empower the families that engage with the process.

The intention of this research report is to explore the practice and process associated to the concepts of Strengthening Families and investigate to what extent social and community work practitioners perceives that these processes are configured to empower the families that engage with them. Findings will seek to clarify the purposeful application of these process and strengths and limitations of the processes in an  Aotearoa New Zealand setting.

I am wanting to interview 3 people who fit the criteria of:

  • Must have at least two years’ experience as a Social or community worker working with Strengthening Families.
  • Must be proficient in English

Each interview will be approximately one hour in duration with total time spent by participants no more than 1 hour 45minutes in total allowing for time to read transcripts and communicating with myself.

The identity of the participants will not be revealed during any stage of this project. Participation will be completely informed, voluntary and confidential.

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My name is Jodie Somerville and I am in the final year of a Master of Applied Social  Work at Massey University.  As part of the requirements of my degree I am undertaking a research project in which seeks social workers’ perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the field of prenatal substance exposure.   I am also interested in understanding social workers’ views of current care and protection legislation and responses in working with prenatal substance exposure and maternal addiction.

I am looking for three participants who are social workers with two or more years experience in the fields of perinatal mental health, maternity, addictions or care and protection.

Research participation will involve no more than two hours of your time which includes a one hour semi-structured interview completed at a mutually agreed time and place.

If you are interested in participating, please email me at

Are you currently participating in clinical supervision?

This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the validation of a new supervision competency tool.

The research is asking for any participants who are currently participating in clinical supervision and are either a supervisor or supervisee, this is open to all social workers and there are no other restrictions for instance registration. We are interested in getting responses from all social workers regardless of gender, culture or area of practice.

Research Outline

We are conducting a two part research project that aims to evaluate a newly developed 32 question clinical supervision competency rating scale, the Generic Supervision Assessment Tool (GSAT). We invite you to participate in this research to help us to understand how the quality of clinical supervision practice can be assessed using this tool.


Who Can Participate?

Professionals who currently participate in regular individual clinical supervision as supervisors and/or supervisees. We hope to enlist an equal number of supervisors and supervisees in the study. Participants can go in the draw to win one of two $200 Visa gift cards.

How Can You Participate?

Study 1: Supervisors and supervisees complete the GSAT, demographic information, a GSAT experience questionnaire and brief supervision rating scales that focus on supervision and perceptions of supervisors’ skills. This online survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.


Survey links:


Kia ora: You are warmly invited to participate in a short online survey,
developed for doctoral research at the University of Sydney,
Australia, by a researcher based in New Zealand.
The study is looking to understand if social work values survive the
move to management, and if they do, then how and why?
The survey, which will take about 15 minutes to complete, is available

Further information is available from:
Ngã mihi nui – Robert Ford