Survey about collaboration

Kia ora,

Greta Gordon is a Doctoral student at the Victoria University of Wellington and needs your help for her doctoral thesis.

As a provider of social and / or employment services in Otago with clients that might include people at risk of long-term unemployment and who is likely to be involved / have been involved in collaborative initiatives, she would like to invite you to participate in her research into collaboration. Your perspective is important as it will help to provide a clear picture of non-government organisations’ priorities when engaging in collaborative initiatives.

An online survey is open until 15 October and she will invite some respondents to participate in a face-to-face interview in October or November. The online survey includes around 40 questions, which should take no longer than 20 minutes to complete.  It asks questions about a collaborative initiative in which you are involved, and your opinions on the types of accountability mechanisms, participatory processes and leadership behaviours and competencies needed to make collaboration effective.

A final question asks if you are willing to take part in a face-to-face interview which will provide more in-depth information on these topics. If you are willing to take part, your name and email address is collected. This data will be recorded in a separate dataset to your answers to the survey and will only be used to contact you for a follow-up interview.

If you would like to take part in the online survey, please click this link -> SURVEY START

Further information

Her aim is to develop recommendations for institutional arrangements that would enable a more effective collaborative approach to the governance of initiatives addressing long-term unemployment. These recommendations will take the form of guidelines that can be used by government and non-government organisations when setting up new collaborative initiatives.

Her doctoral thesis will be based on this research and she may also use the research to contribute to conference papers and / or publications such as book chapters or journal articles. She has obtained ethical approval from the Victoria University of Wellington Human Ethics Committee to undertake this research. All data will be stored securely and will remain confidential to her and her supervisors. They will not disclose your name to anyone else, including in any discussion or dissemination or the research. She will not collect your IP address.

If you have any questions about this research, please contact her on this email address, or her supervisors, Dr Valentina Dinica on, or Dr Chris Eichbaum on

If you know of others involved in collaborative initiatives who might like to contribute to this research, please feel free to forward on this email.

Thank you for your support


Details: Greta Gordon

021 232 7761