This At a Glance highlights findings from the Growing Up in New Zealand publication Vulnerability Report 2: Transitions in exposure to vulnerability in the first 1000 days of life. The report focuses on children’s exposure to vulnerability in early life and factors associated with transitions into and out of vulnerability. It also explores how the timing and duration of children’s exposure to...
14 Aug 2015
Many families successfully cope with difficult situations, but some do not. ‘Family resilience’ explains how families draw on protective resources to adapt to the risks they face. This paper focuses on the concept of ‘family resilience’.
The evidence presented in the In Focus: Family resilience paper shows that identifying critical times for families and then intervening early and...
9 Jul 2015
Topics: Monitoring, Research, Community Development, Poverty & Child Poverty, Social Impact, Families & Whānau, Households, Parenting, Governance & Kaitiakitanga, Policy, Healthcare, Whānau, Children, Māori, Women, Quality of Life, Socio-economic status
The Families and Whānau Status Report is a series that aims to enrich our understanding of family and whānau wellbeing. Measuring family wellbeing is complicated, not just because there is no universally agreed definition of what we mean by family or wellbeing, but also because multiple and inter-related factors impact on the daily activities, functions and living arrangements of families.
Topics: Methodology, Monitoring, Research, Blended Families, Families & Whānau, Households, Parenting, Single Parents, Ageing, Child Development, Drugs & Alcohol, Pregnancy, Children, Māori, Pacific People, Vulnerable & Disadvantaged, Women, Youth, Lifestyle & Standard of Living, Resilience, Socio-economic status
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 is the first longitudinal study of its kind that has recruited and collected information from both mothers and their partners from before children are born. It is unique in terms of its capacity to provide a...
22 Jun 2015
This paper presents what we know about interventions and strategies to improve outcomes for children with gang-involved parents.
The findings of this paper indicate that comprehensive, multi-faceted interventions are more likely than narrowly focused approaches to be effective in addressing the social harms associated with gangs, including improving outcomes for the children of gang-involved...
3 Jun 2015
Topics: Research, Crime & Safety, Law & Justice, Prisons, Social Impact, Impact on Education, Families & Whānau, Parenting, Child Development, Māori, Quality of Life
This paper presents what we know about interventions and strategies to improve outcomes for children with a parent in prison.
It also shines a light on the wide range of negative impacts that children with a parent in prison experience, including long term poor health, educational and social outcomes, and their own high risk of future imprisonment.
The point at which a parent is imprisoned...
19 May 2015
What Works: Parenting Programmes Effective with Whānau has been designed for policy analysts, programme developers and/or funders to provide information on kaupapa Māori and culturally adapted parenting and whānau development programmes, to inform policy and programme development. Kaupapa Māori programmes are those that emerge from within the Māori worldview. Culturally adapted programmes...
Topics: Evaluation, Methodology, Self-Advocacy, Community Development, Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising, Social Impact, Social Services, Governance & Kaitiakitanga, Policy, Public Service, Population Shifts
Superu has worked in partnership with the Aotearoa New Zealand Evaluation Association (ANZEA) to develop a set of Aotearoa-specific evaluation standards that set out the expectations of the evaluation process, practices and products. The standards provide guidance on what should occur at all stages of a quality evaluation.
The establishment of the standards is expected to help promote good...
Topics: International Research, Literature review, Monitoring, Research, Employment & Labour, Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising, Income & Wealth, Social Impact, Social Services, Families & Whānau, Parenting
Paid parental leave is part of a package of government policies that support parents and families. This paper discusses both the labour market dynamics associated with the provision of paid parental leave and the operation and impacts of paid parental leave, informed by New Zealand and Australian evaluations, and other overseas evidence.
Superu’s In Focus series is designed to inform and...
17 Apr 2015
Topics: Evaluation, Literature review, Abuse & Neglect, Family Violence, Families & Whānau, Governance & Kaitiakitanga, Policy, Drugs & Alcohol, Hazards, Healthcare, Vulnerable & Disadvantaged, Women, Quality of Life, Socio-economic status
This paper summarises what we know about the link between alcohol and family violence – specifically intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment.
Increasingly international approaches include reducing alcohol harm as a specific action point in preventing family violence.
Dealing with alcohol harm could lessen the risk of family violence. No single intervention can address family...