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We work with young women, our Shift Coordinators, communities, and people in the wider ‘system’ to create a world where more young women are flourishing.

Below is Shift's Outcomes Model, which shows the impact Shift is having on the young women directly, their communities and at the systems-level.


Our 2020 - 2021 evidence-based interventions (see below and our Annual Report) link to the outcomes model, helping us map out the work that we do, and build our strategy where we need to push harder.


e.g.Central Government, relevant Regional and National organisations


e.g. Shift Coordinators; youth workers; council; relevant local organisations


aged 12-20 in the Wellington region

YW1: Social

More opportunities to actively participate in new/better ways in their communities

YW2: Physical Activity Participation

Access to quality physical activity experiences that meet individual needs

YW3: Co-Design Initiatives

Increased involvement in the definition and design

YW4: Engaged

Priority groups of young women are engaged in initiatives

YW5: Self-Efficacy

Young women have the confidence to express their ideas, engage in new positive experiences

YW6: Social Peer

Establishing positive social connections with peers

YW7: Social Role Models Connectedness

Establishing positive social connections with adults/youth workers

YW8: Wellbeing Oriented

Young women are more aware of wellbeing concepts and have an increased capacity for self-management

YW9: Leadership

Young women have opportunities for active leadership development

C1: Wellbeing

Knowledge gained of wellbeing models and practices

C2: Co-design

Uses participatory methods to design innovations that address needs

C11: Practice

Adoption of leading approaches and methods not previously used. I.e. behaviour change, collaborative practice, human centred design

C12: Aspirational

Enhanced motivation and commitment to the work,
and team

S1: Agenda Setting

Young women define issues important to them, to be acted upon by an organisation 

S8: Reflective Practices

Investment and commitment to testing, iterating and gathering feedback on practice, services, initiatives

S7: Sustainable Services / Infrastructure

Key activities and connections are being sustained

C5: Implementing Knowledge

Gained knowledge about evidenced-based approaches to changing behaviour and systems

C3: Relationships
and Reciprocity

Building new and strong relationships with local providers/partners that are mutually beneficial and assist with access to new forms of financial support or resources

C4: Teamwork

Creating new connections and collaborations to enhance practice

C9: Wellbeing

Increased capability to apply / teach / model wellbeing practices

C10: Innovating

Prototypes are co-designed, developed, tested - ready for wider adoption and evaluation

S2: Partnerships

System capability is built through new partnerships and collaborations

C8: Engagement

Increased capability to engage more young women

YW10: Youth Development

Young women have increased access to constructive and creative activities

S3: Practice Changes

Effective young women-focused and/or co-design practices are adopted or emphasised and seen to work

C6: Action Planning

Identified priority groups and developed a plan to address unmet needs 

C7: New Technologies

Adoption of new technologies to increase accessibility

S6: Co-design

More young women/people involved in the definition and design of programmes and service

S4: Interest In Building Capability

Increased demand for training and development

S5: Enhanced Evidence-Base

New knowledge about young women’s wellbeing is being developed and made explicit

2020 & 2021

To work towards a better future for young women,
over the past year, we:

DeliverED our core programmes

PrototypED new ideas with young women

Understood and shared our impact

Drove change in the ‘system’

BuilT a more sustainable


Case study one
Prototyped a new national
leadership programme - Whanake o te Kōpara

Whanake o te Kōpara is a national programme that develops female leadership within the context of physical activity and wellbeing. This programme is being led by Shift and WISPA. Both organisations advocate for equity in the physical activity space (sport, exercise, recreation, fitness, play) for women and girls. The programme is co-designed through understanding the strengths and passions of participants, and enabling them to uplift and serve others within their communities.

15 kōhine (young women) aged between 19 – 25 years, from across Aotearoa were successful in being selected for the programme. Key criteria for their selection was:

  • Passionate about the connection between physical activity and wellbeing

  • Interest in growing their leadership confidence and abilities 

  • Limited opportunity to learn about leadership and/or participate in a programme

The programme covers a diverse array of topics including values, human-centered design, action planning, communications, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, courageous conversations and creative problem solving. The programme began online in late March 2021, followed by two kanohi ki te kanohi (face-to-face) weekend wānanga in April and June (based in Wellington), with a third planned for early 2021 (due to the impact of COVID).


Outcomes: YW1, YW5, YW8, C3, C4, C7, C10

Each experience I am having on this programme is helping me feel more confident, connected and true to myself, and everything I am learning can be applied throughout my life - personal, professional and socially. Truly grateful!” - Participant, 23

Download the full report to read more about the Shift Foundation's mahi and the impact we are having on improving wellbeing outcomes for young women