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Alcohol Off-license Purchases and subsequent Harm: Technical Report - The research was undertaken to understand the trends and patterns related to off-licence alcohol purchasing in Wellington, as well as the subsequent alcohol-related harms that occur. The findings provide a snapshot of behaviours that may provide contextual information...
Ministry of Social Development: MSD, Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit: Superu (Legally known as the Families Commission)
Effective Community-level change: What makes community-level initiatives effective and how can government best support them?
Topics: Literature review, Research, Community Development, Governance & Kaitiakitanga, Local Government
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...
Topics: Research, Housing & Homelessness, Social Impact, Environment, Governance & Kaitiakitanga, Local Government, Lifestyle & Standard of Living
In recent years, New Zealand’s population has grown at one of the fastest rates in the OECD. Most of this growth has been concentrated in cities, especially Auckland. Growing populations need more housing, yet New Zealand cities have struggled to provide enough land to meet this demand. This includes new land (eg, greenfields at the...
Challenging times continued for local authorities in 2013/14. Elected members, many in office for the first time, are being asked to respond to matters of growing complexity, urgency, and consequence. Decisions about significant infrastructure investments are mounting for many local authorities, as are pressures to "manage-down"...
Topics: Evaluation, Advocacy, Self-Advocacy, Community Development, Not for profit, Grants, Funding, Contracts & Fundraising, Social Services, Governance & Kaitiakitanga, Leadership, Local Government, Policy
The philosophy underpinning community-led development is one of community empowerment. It is illustrated by broad community engagement to identify shared issues and concerns to generate local solutions. The community-led development approach focusses on communities as a whole, rather than on specific programmes or activities. The...
HPA’s SunSmart programme encourages New Zealanders to reduce excessive sun exposure by staying in the shade, as well as adopting other sun protection behaviours. In addition to promoting individual responsibility for sun protection, HPA also works to encourage sun-safe environments. Councils have the opportunity to consider shade...
Moving Waikato 2020 is a project that utilises available statistical data, combined with subjective stories and feedback to define “What’s next for sport, recreation and physical activity?” in the Waikato. This is an opportunity for us to provide leadership to those in the sector, so that we are more focused and targeted – from delivery...
24 Oct 2014
Topics: Evaluation, Research, Social Impact, Families & Whānau, Parenting, Local Government, Child Development, Healthcare, Pregnancy, Children, Women
The New Zealand Maternity Clinical Indicators are the result of collaboration between the Ministry of Health and maternity stakeholders representing consumer, midwifery, obstetric, general practice, paediatric, and anaesthetic perspectives. In 2011 an expert working group established a set of 12 maternity clinical indicators that could...
Topics: Evaluation, Productivity, Social Impact, Social Services, Families & Whānau, Local Government, Drugs & Alcohol, Healthcare, Mental Health, Innovation
The past three decades have been a period of increasing investment and significant improvement in mental health and addiction (MH&A) services in order to better support the recovery of people with serious mental health and addiction problems, and their family/whānau in the community. In recent years, during a new period of resource...
Last year, when I set out the results of the annual audits of entities in the local government sector, I reported that 2011/12 was demanding. This situation did not change in 2012/13. The year saw a focus on cost containment by local authorities, demands for constraint by their communities, proposed legislative amendments to the Local...
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