The Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey: Building on Youth2000

Our group carried out Youth2000 surveys in 2001, 2007 and 2012 with a total of over 27,000 young people from New Zealand high schools, Kura Kaupapa Māori, alternative education and Teen Parent Units. Youth19 will build on this work. The Youth19 Rangatahi Smart survey retains core Youth2000 questions and methods, allowing us to track stability and change in youth health and wellbeing over time. We will also examine emerging topics (such as social media and e-cigarette use) and explore new research areas in two distinct Health Research Council-funded projects, detailed below. A followup School Environment Survey will provide information about participating schools, putting student responses in context.

  • Harnessing the Spark of Life: Maximising Whānau Contributors to Rangatahi Wellbeing
    Principal Investigator: Terryann Clark (Ngāpuhi) | PhD, MPH, RN | The University of Auckland
    This project will investigate whānaungatanga to help inform work to support the health and wellbeing of rangatahi Māori and their whānau.

  • Integrating Survey and Intervention Research for Youth Health Gains
    Principal Investigator: Terry Fleming | PhD, MHSci, DSW | Victoria University of Wellington
    Participants will have the opportunity to receive information or help with key health issues covered in the survey via links sent directly to their phone or email address.

Youth19 is a scientifically and ethically rigorous survey. The survey has been approved by The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee. We have invited over 80 schools and over 8000 students to take part in survey during school terms two and three in 2019. Each participating school will receive a summary of results from their own school, as well as broader reports and publications. The results will inform schools, researchers and policymakers about opportunities to support young people.


the Spark of Life

Utilising high-quality Kaupapa Māori qualitative and quantitative approaches, this project builds on current Māori knowledge pertaining to whānaungatanga, and will increase understanding of the mechanisms and pathways through which whānau relationships influence a broad range of rangatahi health behaviours and outcomes. It will also address a knowledge gap around the association between whānaungatanga, health care access and rangatahi wellbeing. We will produce resources to promote rangatahi and whānau engagement with health, educational and social services, with the aim of increasing whānau efficacy and positive health outcomes for rangatahi.


Integrating Survey & Intervention Research for Youth Health Gains

Imagine surveying thousands of people to identify health needs and yet providing no intervention. This is the norm in survey research. It would be shocking in health services and is unnecessary in the age of digital surveys and digital health interventions.

Digital interventions (such as online tools for depression, mobile tools for smoking reduction and high-quality websites) are highly scaleable and increasingly important in health strategies. However, uptake of these interventions outside trials is often disappointing and may increase disparities.

In this project we bring together these two dynamics and work on a new approach to smart, ethical survey research.

We will explore…

• who uses what – the uptake of different digital interventions among different participant groups
• the impact on disparities – are gaps narrowed? widened?
• opportunities to improve reach
• the costs and benefits of this approach, for both participants and researchers
• opportunities for improvement, with adolescents and digital intervention providers.

Resulting in information about…

• health and wellbeing across groups of adolescents
• which young people access which types of online help and how this might be improved
• opportunities and challenges for a paradigm shift in survey research towards ‘smart surveys’.

Smart surveys could…

• provide participants with meaningful, just in time information direct to their devices
• provide researchers with new, much-needed data.