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Sistema Aotearoa outcome evaluation

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Crocket A, Goodwin D, McKegg K, Sauni P

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The Knowledge Institute Limited

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Sistema Aotearoa is a pilot programme based on the El Sistema model, initiated in Venezuela in 1975. It offers children and young people from low socio-economic backgrounds an opportunity to learn an instrument and become part of an orchestra. Through group-based musical pedagogy it also aims to improve educational and social outcomes for the participants, their families and the wider community.

Sistema Aotearoa has been in operation since April 2011 and its delivery is supported by the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra (APO). In 2015, there are around 300 children aged 6-11 years enrolled in the core Sistema programme.

This evaluation, prepared for the Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, focuses on the outcomes experienced by the primary school children regularly attending Sistema Aotearoa after school and in the holidays who began the programme in 2011, 2012 and 2013. This report presents the findings of an evaluation that set out to answer the following two questions:
• In what ways, and to what extent is Sistema contributing to outcomes of value (educational, relational and social) for children?
• In what ways, and to what extent is Sistema contributing to outcomes of value for aiga/whanau *?

Data for the evaluation was collected using a combination of case studies with aiga/whānau and children. This included one-to-one interviews with aiga/whānau, children and a group interview with Sistema tutors and senior staff. These interviews were combined with quantitative analysis of educational achievement collected by some participating schools.

Five ‘success case’ case studies were completed with participating children and their aiga/whānau. Findings from these case studies identified a range of positive outcomes for both children and their aiga/whānau that Sistema Aotearoa appears to be contributing to in a range of ways.

* aiga/whanau loosely translates as “extended family”

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Community Development

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Education

Participant Group: Children (0-15)

Art Forms: Music

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

McKegg, K., Crocket, A., Goodwin, D., and Sauni, P. (2015). Sistema Aotearoa: Outcomes evaluation report. Report prepared for Ministry for Culture and Heritage and Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Hamilton: The Knowledge Institute Limited – a member of the Kinnect Group.