Centre for Research Evaluation and Social Assessment.

Cresa - Centre for Research Evaluation and Social Assessment

CRESA has been undertaking social research and evaluation for over a decade and a half. Our research focuses on encouraging community development and sustainable communities.


Welcome to our new look website. Two of our current key projects are described on this page and in the following pages you can find links to a selection of our recent work.


Over time we will be uploading older projects/publications so do check back or feel free to contact us if you are unable to find what you are looking for.

Community Resilience and Good Ageing: Doing Better in Bad Times

Funded by the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) this two-year research programme is about improving responses for older people and their communities when they are confronted with adverse natural events such as flooding, storms, snow, landslips, bushfire, earthquake, or extreme weather. It identifies how older people's dwellings and domestic living conditions can be made more resilient and how Ageing in Place and Positive Ageing can be integrated into crisis preparation,...

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Ageing in Place: Empowering housing decisions as we age

We all want to have a positive experience of ageing, to be valued and to live our lives in the places to which we are attached. Too often ageing leads to being displaced, moving from our homes and communities. Funded by the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MSI), this research explores how older people’s houses can be better maintained so people have more choices about their housing as they get older. To get more information on this project go to the research project website

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Feature profile

Ruth Fraser.

Ruth Fraser

Research Programmes Co-ordinator

Ruth is of Ngai Tahu descent. She has a double Honours degree in law and social policy and has been an indispensable part of the CRESA team since 1995. Ruth’s main interests are in the areas of the rental market, resource management, energy use, and community development. She has extensive...

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