Research Association New Zealand (RANZ) is the only industry body dedicated to professional providers and users of research, data and insights. The Research Association New Zealand brand is a trust-mark for clients, employers, colleagues and other industries and indicates that the bearer is a member of an expert community, which upholds the highest professional and ethical standards.
As you are aware, after watching COVID-19 spread across the world, we are now experiencing the impact of COVID-19 in NZ, with over 400 confirmed and probable cases in New Zealand, and the World Health Organisation declaring a global pandemic last week. This is unprecedented and a huge shock to all of us over a very short period. It is, and will impact, all areas of our lives.
As an Association we want to be here to support you as members the best way we can across this pandemic. The plan we had for this year in terms of Association activities must obviously significantly change. We are pausing and rescheduling all face to face events and activities until mid-year at the earliest. We are also assessing the feasibility of still holding the RAEAWARDS this year.
Clearly this is a rapidly evolving situation, and in order to work through what our new focus looks like over the next 2 - 4 months, we have formed a RANZ Pandemic Response Team. This Group will work with the Board (and include Board members) to quickly develop and execute the right types of activities, communications and support for our members during this difficult period. If you have any thoughts and suggestions or would like to get actively involved in this please contact Claire Lloyd or or Susanna Baggaley.
On 20th March we sent out a communication with a strong recommendation to pause all face to face research until further notice for the safety of both researchers and respondents, however this is now a requirement according to the Government state of alert level 4, as of 11:59pm 25th March. We will continue to provide relevant input on best practice during this period in areas where it’s appropriate to give guidance. This will include government direction as well as learnings from our relationships with international research associations.
It is our intention to continue to highlight the importance of the role of research to understand the thoughts, feelings and behaviour of New Zealanders at this time, as well as encourage clients to consider alternative methodologies to facilitate that role and allow them to stay close to New Zealanders.
the Association if you aren’t sure on the right decision to make. The
plan is to build up a FAQ on our website.
Take care and stay safe.
Covid-19: Face to face interviewing to be paused
As you all know, across the world, countries are dealing with an outbreak of COVID-19. Over the past few days the cases in New Zealand have rapidly risen. Like the flu, COVID-19 can be transmitted from person to person. The scientific evidence confirms that COVID-19 is spread by droplets. When an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks, they may generate droplets containing the virus which can infect someone in close proximity (less than 2 meters). This means that no face to face interviewing can take place until further notice by the Government.
RANZ strongly believes that during this time, more than ever, it is important to understand how New Zealanders are feeling and behaving. However, this understanding needs to be gathered in a way that is safe for both our researchers and our respondents. As the response to COVID-19 continues, RANZ will monitor the situation, including the Ministry of Health position, and advise our members on when it is considered safe to resume face to face research.
InterVIEW Editor vacancy
If you enjoy reading the RANZ InterVIEW magazine and would like to become involved in its production, why not take on the interesting role of Editor for 2020?
Join RANZ Executive Committee in 2020
Joining the RANZ Executive Committee team is a great way to meet people with similar career interests.
Teams that would welcome new members are the MarComms team, who produce InterVIEW magazine and InterimVIEW news update, also the Events and RAEAWARDS planning teams.
Contact Claire to register your interest.