Superu

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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Research projects

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Commissioned
4 May 2017
This case study details the outcomes evaluation undertaken with Barnardos in Whangarei on its in-home parenting programme. The evaluation focused on how well the programme met its objectives in changing clients’ lives for the better (ie effectiveness).
Completed
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
May 2017
This user-friendly step-by-step guide will help organisations become more evaluation focussed in a structured and systematic way. This tool has been trialled with a number of service providers and takes into consideration both Māori and Pacific perspectives.
Completed
Apr 2017
These reports address a substantial gap in the quantitative evidence base about whānau wellbeing. They are also the first to undertake a detailed analysis of self-assessed whānau wellbeing in Te Kupenga, the survey of Māori wellbeing undertaken by Statistics New Zealand following the 2013 Census. It focuses on two key questions: How well do Māori think their whānau are doing? What...
Completed
Mar 2017
Topics: Guide, Research, Policy
Good intentions for social policies, programmes, services and practices are not always enough. Decision-makers need quality evidence to know whether the programmes or services and they develop, invest in, or deliver are making a positive difference.
Completed
Feb 2017
Here you’ll find regional data on the wellbeing of families and whānau across the different regions of New Zealand: National Northland Auckland Waikato Bay of Plenty Hawke’s Bay Gisborne Taranaki Manawatu-Whanganui Wellington Marlborough & Nelson West Coast & Tasman Canterbury Otago Southland Our regional data about families and whānau looks at the...
Completed
Feb 2017
The research looked at 140,000 people who moved off a benefit from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011. This period was chosen because it allowed a two-year follow-up period that was not affected by the July 2013 welfare reforms, which included changes to the benefit system. The research was undertaken using Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), which is a set of...
Completed
2017
Adolescence can be a period of high vulnerability for young people. To support their resilience and wellbeing, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was launched in 2012 as a package of initiatives to complement existing services. Focus was placed on youth aged 12 to 19 with, or at risk of developing, mild to moderate mental health issues. Below features the 2017 research...
Completed
Dec 2016
In 2012, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was established to address concerns about mental health vulnerability in young people. The YMHP promoted the mental health and wellbeing of young people with or at risk of developing mild to moderate mental health issues. It consisted of 26 initiatives across the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development and Te...

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