Superu

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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Commissioned
8 Feb 2018
This research looks at residential movements in New Zealand. Previous studies have linked frequent movement with poor outcomes for the affected individuals and their families, including poor education and health outcomes. Frequent residential moves, especially involuntary ones, can also worsen physical and mental wellbeing and future human capital. This research found that 5.6% of...
Commissioned
8 Feb 2018
This research is a review of the literature about freephone helplines and how they are used to provide social services support. The research found that helplines remain an important channel for: reaching a wide range of people with different needs delivering social services. Helplines appear to work particularly well when they are integrated with other services. ...
Commissioned
Aug 2017
At the request of the Minister of Justice, Superu commissioned an evaluation of the Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilots being run in Christchurch and Waikato. The pilots began in July 2016 (Christchurch) and October 2016 (Waikato). This research was commissioned from the Ministerial Social Sector Research Fund, which is used to respond to research and evaluation questions from...
Commissioned
Aug 2017
A review of current international and New Zealand literature on what enables NGOs to successfully build their evaluation capacity.
Commissioned
Aug 2017
This report describes the origins of Superu's work on Evaluation Capacity Building.
Completed
Aug 2017
This document explains the overall process - how the tools were co-created with three culturally diverse NGOs. 
Commissioned
20 Jul 2017
At the request of the Minister of Finance, Superu commissioned research into the cost of land use regulations on house prices in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch and Queenstown. This research was commissioned from the Ministerial Social Sector Research Fund, which is used to respond to research and evaluation questions from Ministers...
Completed
Jul 2017
Topics: Evaluation, Guide
Warning: This handbook contains penguins!1 1No penguins were harmed in the making of this handbook   Now in its second edition, our user-friendly handbook is designed for those working in New Zealand's social sector, and beyond, who need to know more about how to measure and understand the effectiveness of their programmes...
Completed
27 Jun 2017
The Families and Whānau Status Report 2017 looks at the pivotal role that families and whānau hold within our society. It's the fifth in a series of annual reports which provide an essential background to any study, process or programme involving social services, and will aid better decision-making to improve the lives of New Zealand’s families, whānau and their communities. Our 2017...
Completed
14 Jun 2017
Topics: Guide, Research
Enhancing your administrative data when evaluating programmes or services is a practical user guide explaining how organisations can best use administrative data for continuous improvement and to show the impact of their programme or service.

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