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Sally Boyd is a senior researcher at NZCER. She has a keen interest in school and curriculum innovation, and student agency and wellbeing.
Sally is an experienced researcher/evaluator who mostly works on studies that span the education and health sectors. She is a member of the team that develops evaluation approaches and methodologies at NZCER. She is experienced in working with a diverse range of stakeholders to design mixed-method evaluations that provide clients with timely data to improve approaches.
The most recent project Sally is leading is an evaluation of the Play.sport initiative for Sport New Zealand. Over 2013-15 she led an evaluation of the Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L) School-Wide initiative for the Ministry of Education. Sally was the lead researcher for the teams which developed the Wellbeing@School and Inclusive Practices self-review tools for schools. Over the last few years, Sally has also been involved in a number of projects that explore how schools are approaching the key competencies and other aspects of the revised New Zealand Curriculum.
Sally has a BSc in Psychology, and a MA (Applied) in Social Science Research.
Dingle, R., & Boyd, S. (2009). A focus on opportunities to learn and student engagement. Paper presented at the annual conference of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education/Australian Association for Research in Education (NZARE/AARE), Canberra, 29 November to 3 December.
Boyd, S. (2009). Enabling students to lead the way: Healthy lifestyles and healthy futures. set: Research Information for Teachers, 3, 37-43.
Boyd, S. (2009). Viewing schools as a health and wellbeing system: Does this fit with the revised curriculum? set: Research Information for Teachers, 3, 44-51.
Cowie, B., Hipkins, R., Boyd, S., Bull, A., Keown, P., McGee, C., with Cooper, B., Ferrier-Kerr, J., Hume, A., McKim, A., Moreland, J., Morrison, M., Bolstad, R., Spiller, L., Taylor, M., & Yates, R. (2009). New Zealand curriculum implementation exploratory studies: Final Report. Wellington: Ministry of Education.
Bolstad, R., Roberts, J., Boyd, S., & Hipkins, R. (2009). KickStarts: Key Competencies: Exploring the potential of participating and contributing. Wellington: NZCER Press.
Boyd, S. (2008). Supporting the development of a positive school culture. set: Research Information for Teachers, 3, 4-8.
Boyd, S., Fisher, J., & Brooking, K. (2008). Life Education – Making a difference. An evaluation for the Life Education Trust. Wellington: Life Education Trust.
Boyd, S. (2007). Taking the first step from school. set: Research Information for Teachers, 2, 45-49.
Boyd, S., Dingle, R., Campbell, R., King, J., & Corter, A. (2007). Taking a bite of the apple: The implementation of Fruit in Schools (Healthy Futures evaluation report to the Ministry of Health). Wellington: Ministry of Health.
Boyd, S., & Watson, V. (2006). Shifting the frame: Exploring integration of the Key Competencies at six Normal Schools. Wellington. Ministry of Education.
Boyd, S., with McDowall, S., & Ferral, H. (2006). Innovative pathways from school: Taking the first step. Final report. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Boyd, S. (2005). Making school-driven innovations happen. set: Research Information for Teachers, 3, 31-35.
McDowall, S., Boyd, S., Hodgen, E., with van Vliet, T. (2005). Reading Recovery in New Zealand: Uptake, implementation, and outcomes, especially in relation to Mäori and Pasifika students. Wellington: Ministry of Education.
McDowall, S., & Boyd, S. (2005). Messages about reading: What do parents and teachers hear, share, do, and need when engaging in literacy partnerships? Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.
Vaughan, K., & Boyd, S. (2005). Pathways, junctions, and pitstops: Transition policy in New Zealand. In N. Bagnall (Ed.), Youth Transition in a Globalised Marketplace (pp. 99-118). New York: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Vaughan, K., & Boyd, S. (2004). An evaluation of Youth Pathways/He Ara Rangatahi. Wellington: New Zealand Council for Educational Research.