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Project Funding

Each year, Ako Aotearoa normally co-funds a range of projects aimed at improving tertiary sector teaching and learning and creating system-wide change.

Every project we fund is a partnership, where each partner shares project costs and takes responsibility for the project's success and outcomes, as well as its potential impact on the sector.

The projects we co-fund typically build capability, encourage collaboration and influence changes that make a positive difference for tertiary sector teachers, organisations and learners.

Co-funding in 2019

Changes to our co-funding in 2019
We've made some changes to project funding that we hope will increase the level of participation from under-represented parts of the tertiary education sector.

Under a restructured Project Fund, we have sharpened our focus on evidence-based teaching and learning projects that align to our strategic priority areas.

How to apply for Ako Aotearoa co-funding

The second round of funding for 2019 has now closed. Thank you to all who submitted applications. Co-funding may be available for projects around July next year so please keep an eye on the website for more information.

To get prepared, start by reading our Co-funding Guidelines and Funding Policy for details about the application, selection and evaluation process.

Project evaluation: how we do it

We use a tool called the Impact Evaluation Framework to assess all Ako Aotearoa projects.

The Impact Evaluation Framework, implemented in 2012, assesses projects according to the following four key areas:

  • Reach (generation and dissemination of project outputs).
  • Impact on teaching practice.
  • Impact on learners.
  • Impact on the project teams themselves.

The evaluation process

Our evaluation process starts with face-to-face interviews with project teams at six, 12 and 24 month intervals after a project has finished.

Next, we use the information to write a project story that summarises the key achievements of the project and any further follow up required.

The project stories help us, our funders and any co-funding organisations learn more about the outcomes achieved within the participating organisations and the wider sector.

By sharing these stories, we aim to help people approach their work with fresh eyes, using the latest evidence to do things differently and to make a positive difference for learners.

Download a guide to the Impact Evaluation Framework to find out more, Contributing to better tertiary teaching and learning outcomes – the summary (PDF, 427 KB, 10-pages).

Review of the Impact Evaluation Process

Ako Aotearoa’s Impact Evaluation Process is being updated following several independent reviews plus feedback from project teams and organisational budget holders.

The changes will strengthen and broaden the knowledge we gain on where and how impact takes place, e.g. including the improvement of educational, social, cultural and economic outcomes for learners.