Community-level initiatives have been widely implemented in New Zealand and overseas. However, there is a lack of robust quantitative evidence on whether community-level initiatives are effective in achieving their outcomes. The purpose of the research was to draw together existing evidence to provide insights about what works and how government can best support communities.
Government agencies undertake a substantial amount of social science research and evaluation each year. The Government Social Science Research and Evaluation Publishing Protocol is for agencies that carry out, commission or communicate social science research and evaluation.
The Protocol sets out good practice for publishing social science outputs. Implementing the principles and practices in...
The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) commissioned the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR) to develop and test a systems approach to measure the effectiveness of the ‘whole-of-system’ response to prevent family violence.
This project was commissioned to support current efforts to design and implement a whole of government approach to prevent family...
5 Nov 2015
Supporting families with complex needs often requires funding and delivery arrangements that differ from standard social services. A continuum of interventions, including individual, targeted approaches alongside universal approaches, is required to bring about significant change at the population level.
This In Focus provides an overview of approaches to support families with complex needs...
5 Nov 2015
Provision of integrated social services is not new. It is however, increasingly being seen as key to addressing service fragmentation and inefficiencies. But what do we know about how well social service integration works to improve outcomes for vulnerable groups of people, in New Zealand and internationally? This What Works brings together information on the effectiveness of integrated social...
This rapid review adds to the knowledge base of evidence informing services and programmes for social housing. Specifically, what the outcomes are for social housing tenants relative to the proportion of social housing in an area.
Neighbourhood Social Mix and Outcomes for Social Housing Tenants: Rapid Review found that the relationship between concentrated social housing and outcomes for...
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, 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...