Sponsored by Community Research
A $2,000 prize is available for a Tangata Whenua, community or voluntary sector organisation in Aotearoa/ New Zealand that has used a strengths-based approach to research, evaluation or learning. This work will promote social justice or inclusion and will have been completed in the past three years (at the time of entry).
The “Billies” are awarded to honour the memory of Billie Foreman (1931-2012), a relentless practitioner of strength-based approaches in all she did, in a life committed to serving others and social justice for all. The award is donated by Garth Nowland-Foreman in his mother’s name.
Brief video clip submissions are encouraged. If this is not possible, written submissions up to three pages will also be accepted.
All submissions should include:
- Organisation’s name and brief description of what it does (contact person, phone and email address should also be attached)
- How the organisation used appreciative inquiry, asset-based or strengths-based approaches to research, evaluation and learning (what you did)
- How this led to greater social justice or inclusion (the impacts, both intended and unintended, of using strengths-based research, evaluation or learning – either within the organisation, other organisations, the local community, or wider society).
Entries are due: Tuesday 1 July 2014. Online entry form.
Award recipient announced: Friday 1 August 2014. (We’ll be running a live presentation via the web.)
If you need any help or have questions, please email get in touch: email communications [at] communityresearch.org.nz
The prize will be paid to a non-profit organisation for use in furthering its mission or recognising the work of its staff and volunteers (not for an individual only). The only requirement is that the money be spent within six months, and that Community Research is advised of how it is used.
The decisions of the award panel are final, and the panel reserves the right not to award a prize in any year. The panel may also request further information from applicants.
To encourage people to learn what research, evaluation or learning other organisations are doing, we ask that all Billies award entries can be publicly shared.
Some useful links
Appreciate Inquiry (PDF 266 KB), by Fiona Cram, from MAI Review 2010, 3
Appreciative Inquiry in New Zealand, Practitioner Perspectives thesis by Christina Neumann, University of Canterbury (2009)
Community Assets Analysis for Greater New Brighton, research project by Renew Brighton (2012)