Research

BAF is exploring it's impact by developing an Impact Strategy. Our Impact Strategy will contain a Theory of Change, otherwise known as an impact model, which is a visualization for how the activities we do lead to positive change. Critical for BAF will be the ability to show how our...

Our latest research into the potential impact of social enterprise aims to better understand how a social enterprise incubator can contribute to regional economic diversity and sustainability. Our research in 2019 undertaken through Get Social, the social enterprise partnership we create with Manifold Co-Working, involved engaging with our social enterprise community and...

Pivot: Enabling Innovation in Agriculture is our premier research award that encourages innovation in the Taranaki agricultural sector. The award is jointly funded by Massey University and the Bashford-Nicholls Trust (managed by BAF - Bishop’s Action Foundation) and offers a maximum value of $100,000 per annum, equally funded by the...

This report shares wisdom and insights from many of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most perceptive commentators on how faith-based organisations (FBOs) can make a difference to society.  The research was conducted by Dr Richard Davis for BAF - Bishop’s Action Foundation through the Centre for Theology and Public Issues, University of...

In mid-2018 a partnership comprising the Human Rights Commission (HRC), the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) began to scope research that would explore the extent of ‘working poor’, the risks they face and strategies that could provide a response to the...

BAF’s charitable company, Catalyst Housing Ltd, continues to focus on developing more effective approaches to affordable housing into the future building from our 2016 research. Within that research one of the recommendations was: There is a need to increase the availability of affordable, healthy long term rental options for low...

BAF commissioned and sponsored this research through a Master’s thesis delivered as part of an AUT programme of study. The Anglican Church is present in most communities around the region of Taranaki, New Zealand. Where churches were once hubs of community life, in rural and small-town settings they are now often...

During 2017 we undertook research to explore the ability for Church land to be made available for social and affordable housing.  Our research revealed that there was significant interest from Parishes and Dioceses in social and affordable housing and a willingness to see land made available.  However, very little land...

BAF is undertaking research for Project Mounga looking at the spiritual connection of people and communities in Taranaki to Mount Taranaki.  This research will explore concepts including identity, sense of belonging and coming home. Maori have a well-defined sense of spirituality, expressed as wairuatanga or wairua, but these terms are not well understood by...

Focused on Taranaki this collaborative project is exploring exciting new approaches and structures that would enable Church ministry to flourish sustainably into the future.  The Bishop's Action Foundation is a leading partner in this initiative researching and drawing together experiences from overseas and nationally to help inspire discussions....