Families Commission (now operates as the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit: Superu)

Families Commission (now operates as the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit: Superu)

We are the Families Commission and operate as Superu (the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit), an autonomous Crown entity governed by the Crown Entities Act 2004. We provide an independent perspective with regard to Government policy.

We were established by the Families Commission Act 2003 (amended 2013) to act as an advocate for the interests of families generally, and now also have responsibility to monitor and evaluate programmes and interventions in the social sector and to provide social science research into key issues.

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Completed
25 Nov 2014
The research seeks to understand the kinds of services, support and information that Christchurch families and whānau affected by the earthquakes need to maintain resilience and aid their psychosocial recovery. It also focuses on identifying the most effective channels, access points and referral pathways required to reach families in need. The research aimed to gather new information...
Completed
6 Jun 2014
In mid-2013 the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (SuPERU) within the Families Commission commenced an assessment of the Children’s Team’s model. The Children’s Teams are a key component of the Government’s multi-year Children’s Action Plan (CAP). This report provides an assessment of the design and implementation of the Children’s Teams model. The report addresses the overarching...
Completed
Jun 2014
Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitudinal study that provides an up-to-date, population-relevant picture of what it is like to be a child growing up in New Zealand in the 21st century. It recruited and collected information from both mothers and their partners from before their children were born, and it has undertaken several further data collection waves during the children’s first two years...
Completed
30 Apr 2014
This exploratory study sought to identify the major challenges of stepfamily life and the strategies that families use to address these challenges. Parents, stepparents and older stepchildren from a community sample of 44 stepfamilies who had been together for at least five years participated in the study. Measures of several aspects of family functioning indicated that most stepfamilies in the...
Completed
14 Apr 2014
This report reviews the evidence on the effectiveness of parenting programmes, as a way of reducing the risk of maltreatment of vulnerable children aged 0-6 years. We looked at both national and international evidence to identify parenting programmes that work and those that do not work, including for Māori and Pacific peoples. The urgent need to address New Zealand’s high rate of child...
Completed
5 Mar 2014
Good quality, reliable outcome indicators can be used to monitor trends, identify emerging problems, create awareness, guide legislative and policy reforms, and ensure adequate provision of services.  This report assesses whether the administrative data sources collected by the Ministries of Health, Justice, Social Development (CYF) and the Police are suitable for providing outcome...
Completed
2014
This Issues Paper outlines parental and carer-couple relationships in New Zealand. It then examines the challenges facing these relationship types, approaches to providing support and examples of effective interventions.
Completed
25 Nov 2013
International evidence reviews have indicated that school-based relationship violence prevention programmes are one of the few strategies with proven evidence for preventing intimate partner violence. The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (SuPERU) within the Families Commission commissioned a rapid review of the evidence and relevant literature on ‘what works’ in school-based...
Commissioned
Nov 2013
International evidence reviews have indicated that school-based relationship violence prevention programmes are one of the few strategies with proven evidence for preventing intimate partner violence. The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (SuPERU) within the Families Commission commissioned a rapid review of the evidence and relevant literature on ‘what works’ in school-based...
Completed
12 Sep 2013
What works with Māori: What the people said draws together a significant body of work, undertaken by the Commission as part of its Whānau Rangatiratanga Work Programme: He Ara Whakamua, Building pathways together to the future. In 2011-12, the Commission held a series of wānanga throughout the country to provide an opportunity for whānau, hapū, iwi, Māori organisations and all those working...

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