CCFR publications


  • 2011. Peterson, E., Rubie-Davies, C. M., Dixon, R. S., Widdowson, D. A., Elley-Brown, M., & Irving, E. Who is to blame?: Students', parents' and teachers' views of who is responsible for student achievement. Research in Education.
  • 2010. Rubie-Davies, C. M., Peterson, E., Irving, E., Widdowson, D.A., & Dixon, R. S. Expectations of achievement: student, teacher and parent perceptions. Research in Education, 83, (May), 36-53.
  • 2010. Dixon, R., Maddison, R., Ni Mhurchu, C., Jull, A., Meagher-Lundberg, P. & Widdowson, D. Parents' and children's perceptions of active video games: a focus group study. Journal of Child Health Care. 14 (2), 189-199.
  • 2010. Dixon, R.S., Tse, S., Sobrun-Mahataj, A., & Rossen, F. Family Resilience: The settlement experience for Asian immigrant families in New Zealand.  Families Commission Report.
  • 2010. Dorey, E., Roberts, V., Maddison, R., Meagher-Lundberg, P., Dixon, R.S., & Ni Mhurchu, C. Children and television watching: A qualitative study of New Zealand parents' perceptions and views. Child: Care, Health and Development. 2010. 36,(3), 414-420.
  • 2009. Dixon, R., Widdowson, D., Peterson, E., & Rubie-Davies, C.
    Expectations: Raising achievement. In M. Sinclair (Ed). A Journey of Discovery: Facilitating the Initiation and Application of Schooling Research. Chapter 2, p. 21-29.
  • 2009. Gorton, D., Ni Mhurchu, C., Chen, M., & Dixon, R.S.
    Nutrition Labels: A survey of use, understanding and preferences among ethnically diverse shoppers in New Zealand. Public Health Nutrition, 12 (9), 1359-1365.
  • 2009. Gorton, D., Ni Mhurchu, C., Bramley, D., & Dixon, R.S. Interpretation of two nutrition content claims: a New Zealand survey. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health.  34,(1) 2009, 57-62.
  • 2008. Dixon, R.S. The Ultimate collaboration: The case for research commissioners participating in the evaluation. The Evaluator. UKES, Autumn, 14-16.
  • 2008. Shulruf B., Hattie, J., & Dixon, R. Factors affecting responses to Likert type questionnaires: introduction of the ImpExt, a new comprehensive model. Social Psychology of Education, 11, (1), 59-78 (PDF)
  • 2007. Shulruf, B., Morton, S., Goodyear-Smith, F., O’Loughlin, C., & Dixon, R.
    Designing multidisciplinary longitudinal studies of human development analyzing past research to inform methodology. Evaluation and the Health Professions, 30, (3), 207-228 (FILE)
  • 2007. Shulruf B., Hattie, J., & Dixon, R. Development of a new measurement tool for individualism and collectivism. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 25,(4),385-401 (FILE)
  • 2007. Hughes, F.A., Thom, K., & Dixon, R. Nature and Prevalence of stalking among New Zealand Mental Health Clinicians. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing, Apr 2007.Vol.45, Iss.4; p33 (FILE)
  • 2007. Fleming, T.M., Watson, P.D., Robinson, E., Ameratunga, S., Dixon, R., Clark, T.C., & Crengle, S. Violence and New Zealand Young People: Findings of Youth2000 - A National Secondary School Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey. Auckland.
    The University of Auckland.

Technical reports

  • 2018. Widdowson, D. & Fouché, C. Evaluation of the KidsCan Vulnerable Children’s Pilot Initiative Final Report. KidsCan Charitable Trust.
  • 2015. Widdowson, D. & Dixon, R. Stocktake and Needs Analysis of Child Development Services. Ministry of Health.
  • 2013. Widdowson, D. & Dixon, R. Evaluation of the Blue Light Youth Life Skills Programme. NZ Blue Light Ventures.
  • 2010. Widdowson, D., & Dixon, R. Final Report for the Evaluation of the Parent Mentoring Project in Manukau. Ministry of Education. EducationCounts
  • 2010. Dixon, R., Peterson, E., Rubie-Davies, C., Widdowson, D. & Elley-Brown, M.
    Beliefs and Expectations about Learning and Achievement. Cognition Education Research Trust
  • 2010. Dixon, R., Meagher-Lundberg, T., Maddison, R., & Roberts, V.
    Final Report of the Process and Outcome Evaluation of the Green Prescription Active Families Programme. Ministry of Health
  • 2010. Widdowson, D. Final Report for the Process and Outcome Evaluation of the Affirming Works Tupu'anga Mentoring Programme. Tindall Foundation.
  • 2009. Widdowson, D., & Dixon, R. Scoping Report for a Process and Outcome Evaluation of the Affirming Works Tupu'anga Mentoring Programme. Tindall Foundation.
  • 2009. Widdowson, D., & Dixon, R.S. Scoping report for the evaluation of KiwiMentornet. Tindall Foundation.
  • 2009. Dixon, R.S., & Meagher-Lundberg, P. Extension to the Process Evaluation of Green Prescription Active Families. (SPARC)
  • 2009. Widdowson, D., & Dixon, R.S. Report of the Mid-point evaluation of the GIF-technology education initiative. Ministry of Education
  • 2009. Meagher-Lundberg, P., & Dixon, R.S. PASSPORT-Perspectives on an activity passport for children and young people. CTRU
  • 2009. Meagher-Lundberg, P., & Dixon, R.S. Rewards programmes to promote healthy eating: Focus group study. CTRU
  • 2009. Meagher-Lundberg, P., & Dixon, R.S. New Zealand Red Cross, Breakfast in Schools programme. CTRU
  • 2007-2008. Widdowson, D., & Dixon, R.S. Secondary Futures: Analysis of Key Information, Four Themed Reports, Secondary Futures Secretariat.
  • 2007. Dixon, R., Widdowson, D., Meagher-Lundberg, P., Airini, & McMurchy-Pilkington, C. Evaluation of Promoting Early Childhood Education (ECE) Participation Project. Ministry of Education EducationCounts
  • 2007. Dixon, R., & Widdowson, D. Final Report for the Evaluation of the Westbridge Social Services Programme. Ministry of Education.
  • 2007. Clinton, J., Hattie, J., & Dixon, R.S. Evaluation of the Flaxmere Project. 'When families learn the language of school. Ministry of Education.
  • 2006. Dixon, R.S., & Widdowson, D. Evaluation of the Curriculum Alignment Project Final Report. University of Auckland @ Manukau Programme, Manukau Institute of Technology.
  • 2006. Dixon, R.S, Meagher-Lundberg, T, & Widdowson, D.A.M. Electronic games: focus group findings. Clinical Trials Unit.
  • 2006. Dixon, R.S., Meagher-Lundberg, T., & Widdowson, D. An investigation into factors associated with beverage choice and the consumption of low energy beverages. Coca Cola Oceania.
  • 2006. Dixon, R.S., Goldson, J., & Widdowson, D.  Child Health Consultation: Children's views of health. Auckland District Health Board.
  • 2006. Dixon, R.S., Widdowson, D.A.M., Fanslow, J., Thomas, D.R., Knaggs, T., Vasil, L. & Banbury, E. Family Safety Teams Pilot evaluation: baseline study and formative evaluation. Ministry of Justice.

Conference presentations

  • April-May, 2010. Widdowson, D & Dixon, R. Effects of parent involvement in school-based preschool education. Paper presented at the Annual American Educational Research Association Conference, Denver, Colorado, USA.
  • October 2009. Dixon, R.S.,Widdowson, D., Peterson, E., Rubie-Davies, C.
    Expectations: Raising Achievement. Invited presentation. Cognition Institute Research Seminar.
  • August 2008., Rubie Davies,C., Peterson,E.R., Widdowson,D.A.M., & Dixon,R.s.
    Attitude determines altitude: A comparison of what Students, teachers and parents believe motivates students to learn. Invited paper in symposium. 11th International Conference on Motivation, Turku, Finland.
  • March 2008. Widdowson, D.A.M. Genre practices in a third grade class: Children's emergent responses to social situations for composing. Paper presented at the Annual American Educational Research Association Conference, New York, USA.
  • January 2008. Dixon,R.S., Rubie-Davies,C., Widdowson, D.A.M., Irving,S.E.
    'I think I can': Exploring expectations about education and achievement in secondary schools. International Congress of School Effectiveness and Improvement Conference, Auckland. NZ.
  • November 2007. Dixon, R.S. & Knaggs, P., Widdowson, D., Thomas, D.& Fanslow, J. The ultimate collaboration? When commissioners of research become active members of the research team. 13th Annual conference of the United Kingdom, Evaluation Society, Leeds.
  • October 2007. Dixon R.S., Goldson, J., Meagher- Lundberg, P. & Widdowson, D.A.M. "I like it when they have read my card and call me by my name" Children’s views of health and experience of health services. (Poster) NZDHB inaugural conference Wellington.
  • September 2007. Gorton, D., NiMhurchu , C., Dixon R., Bramley, D. et al.
    'Nutrition labels - are they meeting the needs of those who need them most?' New Zealand Dietetic Association Conference, Christchurch.
  • September, 2007 Gorton, D., Jull, A., Lawes, C.M., NiMhurchu, C. Dixon, R et al.
    Listening to the future: CADET - a cellphone assisted diet and exercise trial. New Zealand Dietetic Association Conference, Christchurch.
  • May 2007. Jull, A., Lawes, C.M., NiMhurchu, C., Bramley, D., Dixon, R. et al. Experience of weight loss interventions and participant preferences for components of an intervention. National Nutrition & Physical Activity Public Health Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand.
  • September 2006. Morton, S.M., & Dixon, R.S. The proposed New Zealand Longitudinal Study of Children and Families. International Conference on Child Cohort Studies. Oxford University, U.K.
  • August 2006. Dixon, R.S., Who am I? Going Bananas-Identity Development in Childhood and Adolescence. Invited keynote address at the multiple Identities Forum - New Zealand Chinese Association (Auckland).
  • December 2005. Dixon, R.S., Widdowson, D.A.M., Anderson, H.M. What am I going to do when I leave school? Post school plans of Year 12 and 13 students. Paper presented at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research Conference, (Dunedin).
  • 2004. Dixon, R.S. & Widdowson, D.A.M.  Evaluating school based initiatives: The role of school culture. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australasian Evaluation Society Conference, (Adelaide, Australia).