The PATH Planning Tool and its potential for Whānau Research

The purpose of the project is to reflect on the value of the use of the PATH planning 6 key tool in the Whānau Ora context and the contribution this has made to realising the Whānau Ora goals. Currently the tool is being used in two specific areas:
a) to assist whnau in planning for their future via Whānau Ora provider collectives
b) to train a pool of PATH Facilitators in Ngā Puhi and Te Arawa.

The project will focus on three sets of people's experience who have been involved in the project:
a) the experience of a selected number of whānau who have taken part in the Whānau PATH Planning process
b) a selection of PATH Facilitators who have been trained and are using the PATH in their work with whānau/organisations/communities
c) the Facilitators of the PATH Facilitator training courses.

Each of the three groupings will be invited to reflect on:
a) The value of the PATH planning tool in a Whānau Ora context
b) The key learning about how the PATH has contributed toward the 6 Whānau Ora goals.

Day to day nature of the work
A combination of time spent with the Senior Researcher (face to face, phone, email, SKYPE contact) in the planning and design of the research approach, followed by documentation review (which may take place at our office or in the intern's base), fieldwork might be either face to face, on phone or SKYPE and then analysis and production of the report would be office based.

Approximate time for each phase:
Phase 1: Planning and Design - 2 weeks
Phase 2: Documentation review - 2 weeks
Phase 3: Fieldwork - 3 weeks
Phase 4: Analysis - 1 week
Phase 5: Reporting - 1 week
Phase 6: Evaluation - 1 week

Skills the student will learn
1. Research skills - Research design and planning, fieldwork skills, analysis and reporting
2. PATH planning and facilitation skills - the placement would be an opportunity for the intern to experience having their own PATH done and facilitating one other (if interested).