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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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
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...
May 2015
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...
May 2015
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
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...
30 Mar 2015
 Many parenting programmes are effective and support family wellbeing by improving parenting practices and thereby reducing the risks associated with child maltreatment. The review found: There are many effective parenting programmes and these share common characteristics. Evidence on the effectiveness of parenting programmes in New Zealand, including what works with Maori and...
12 Feb 2015
This report highlights the impact obesity has on our economic, social, cultural and environmental well-being. At an individual and family level it can affect our income levels, educational achievement, self-esteem and social participation. As a society it affects how our taxes are used in government subsidies and even infrastructure. The report also sets out some areas of focus for the future...
16 Jan 2015
Policymakers in New Zealand have been concerned by the teenage birth rate for many years. Cross-country comparisons indicate that New Zealand has a higher rate of teenage births than other comparable countries, except for the United States (see section 2 below). In 2012, in response to a ministerial request, the Families Commission contracted the National Institute of Demographic and Economic...
Jan 2015
Many New Zealand families are on a low income; some of these families manage to meet their everyday needs while others do not. For example, less than a half of those in the bottom income decile, and a third in the second lowest decile, report that their income is inadequate to meet their everyday needs. The purpose of this research was to better understand why some low income families report...

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