Developing Community Circus in Aotearoa New Zealand

Supported by Lotteries Community Sector Research Fund

The research explores what community circus involves, its reported benefits, good practice in delivering progammes, opportunities and effective tools to evaluate community circus activities.

The final summary report can be downloaded as a pdf here:

Final Community Circus Research Summary Report

Five interrelated research methods have been used.
  1. Circo Art QuoteAn international literature review.
    Community Circus Literature Review April 2012.pdf

  2. A nationwide email survey of community circus related organisations and individuals.
    CC National Survey Report August 2011.pdf

  3. Stakeholder interviews with up to 20 key players nationally and internationally.
    Stakeholder interview report 9 May 2013

  4. A workshop at the fifth national community circus convention in 2011/2012.

  5. Four case study evaluations of programmes, three in Dargaville and one in Auckland:

The research began in April 2011 and was completed in May 2013.

Project Team

Rachael Trotman Research (Principal Researcher)
Alex Woodley (Point Research)
Jenny Huriwai (Circus Kumarani)
Frances Kelliher and Thomas Hinz (Hot Spot Productions)

Other Research Links
A summary of 10 articles from the Culture has Impact Seminar including one from Circability's Thomas Hinz and Frances Kelliher presenting the New Zealand Research Developing Community Circus in Aotearoa New Zealand
"They're smilling from ear to ear" Wellbeing Effects from Social Circus.
The research company Social Development Co Ltd were hired by the Finnish Effective Circus Project todevelop and test methods for evaluating social circus.
A Guide to the Study of the Wellbeing Effects of Circus explains how circus organisations can evaluate thier own programmes. Cirque du Soleil's interactive world map of social circus programmes