EGL's mission is to bring accurate data and objective analysis from educational research to organizations.

We are a research institute dedicated to improving policy and decision making through research and analysis



We are a research for development centre.

We undertake research whose direct application will make a difference to our clients' development.

In practice, EGL:
  • directs applied research projects to develop leadership paradigms in the organisational domain,
  • integrates knowledge from the human potential and the natural ecology spheres and,
  • implements robust research tools and consistently improves its technological capabilities to meet your goals.
We specialise in collecting, analysing and distributing leadership 'tacit knowledge' (accumulated through successful leadership) to individuals and collectives. We assist leaders in developing their storytelling competencies to share their knowledge. This leadership knowledge impacts on organisational and national performance through inspirational stories and reflecting on insight.

We research how leveraging from creativity creates the most lasting impact in each organisation we work with. Once this is determined, we work with the organisation to apply this knowledge to increase its sustainable performance.

EGL researchers head a range of applied research projects funded by private industry (DairyNZ, Beca Engineering, see our portfolio for more details), NGOs (e.g the Royal Society of New Zealand, AsiaNZ Foundation), the New Zealand Government (e.g New Zealand Trade and Enterprise) and the French Government. Since 2006, egl has been the research arm of Microsoft New Zealand, Partners in Learning Programme run in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

It is this grounding in applied research that differentiates us from other organisations who specialise either in training or consulting. We use proprietary 'action research' methodologies that produce knowledge directly applicable by organisational members. We have proven experience in quantitative and qualitative research, some of which we designed, tested and implemented in unique conditions. We pioneer novel narrative and audio-visual methodologies to gather, analyse and disseminate research findings.

Some non-commercially sensitive outputs of these projects is shared on this website.

EGL's two divisions Environmental Sciences and Social Sciences work together to maximise synergy between people and natural systems.

The Ecosynergy Group has developed a storytelling methodology to research and describe the lived experience of the people we work with (see our projects). 
  • In the innovation sector we collated leaders' interviews into a self-learning platform used by over 15,000 students. 
  • In the community and Health * Disability sectors, we research the impact of change stories from role models. This work extends to leadership development for disabled people and their families with the aim to develop a different understanding of social inclusion. More on our YouTube channel
We study the underlying structure these impact stories need to be to inspire people to take action (see a 7 min trailerused by teachers to inspire at-risk students and our FaceBook StoryBehindEveryNZ.YOUth page). 

Our projects have attracted over 30,000 learners and followers. We are supported by the NZ UN Human Rights Commission, Te Pou, UNESCO, The Todd and Tindall Foundations in our work with over 50 organisations. We build on the "Most Significant Change Stories" methodology to work with. We describe impact in groups and produce short documentary movies that add to the peer review research articles we publish.