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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12 May 2017
These reports are part of the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study and were prepared by the University of Auckland. They focus 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...
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).
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).
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...
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.
5 Apr 2017
Superu’s annual conference, Evidence to Action, was held on 30 July 2015, 15 April 2016 and 19 June 2017.  The aim of the event was to share knowledge and experience of how to achieve positive outcomes from the uptake and application of evidence gained from research and evaluation. 2017 E2A Conference | What works: when evidence becomes action Speakers...
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?...
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.
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...
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...

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