Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit: Superu (Legally known as the Families Commission)

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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Aug 2017
This report describes the origins of Superu's work on Evaluation Capacity Building.
Aug 2017
A review of current international and New Zealand literature on what enables NGOs to successfully build their evaluation capacity.
Aug 2017
This document explains the overall process - how the tools were co-created with three culturally diverse NGOs. 
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...
28 Jun 2017
This research measures trends in the housing costs and incomes of Accommodation Supplement recipients over the last decade. It was undertaken to inform the Ministry of Social Development’s advice for Budget 2017.  
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.
13 Jun 2017
This What works for children exposed to family violence? brings together evidence about the best interventions which make a positive difference to these children’s lives. The main highlight of this paper is that the harm caused by family violence exposure is just as harmful as the harm caused by direct abuse. ‘Exposure’ to family violence is damaging no matter whether the child sees, hears, is...
15 May 2017
At the request of the Minister for Social Development, Superu commissioned research on the importance of resilience in helping children and adults respond to adversity. Our research specifically looks at how many at-risk children go on to achieve good employment and education outcomes, and investigates the key factors that contribute to these good outcomes. This research was commissioned from...
12 May 2017
This report is part of the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study and was prepared by the University of Auckland. It focuses on the children from the study as they get ready to start school. The biggest shift for most children is that they now attend early childhood education, and most are reported to be generally happy and healthy and spending time getting to know their peers. This...
4 May 2017
This case study explains the process evaluation undertaken with Pillars in Christchurch on their mentoring programme for children with a caregiver in prison. The purpose was to assess how well the programme worked for its clients (ie efficiency).

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