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Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu)

Website: 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.

Evidence to Action conference

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...

Effective Parenting Programmes: What Works

Many parenting programmes are effective and support family wellbeing by improving parenting practices and thereby reducing the risks associated with child maltreatment. This review found: There are...

At A Glance: Expressions of whanau

This At A Glance provides an overview of the model of relational whakapapa whanau, developed as part of our analysis of data from the first Maori...

Families and Whānau Status Report 2018

The Families and Whānau Status Report 2018 focuses on the wellbeing of New Zealand families and whānau. This report is the sixth in a series of Families...

In Focus: Family Resilience

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...

Prime Minister's Youth Mental Health Project

In 2012, the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project (YMHP) was established to address concerns about mental health vulnerability in young people. The YMHP promoted the mental...