Welcome to Superu's website

Superu is a government agency that focuses on what works to improve the lives of families, children and whānau. They are at the centre of what we do.

We work closely with decision-makers in the social sector – the people who develop, fund, deliver, research and evaluate social policies and programmes – so that they can have the good-quality evidence needed to help solve complex social issues.

For whom the bell tolls

10 Apr 2018

In 2014 we became responsible for monitoring and evaluating programmes etc in the social sector. We joined a long line of initiatives aimed at boosting the use of research and evidence in the sector. Few of these past initiatives have survived, including us. This report is a high level sweep of past initiatives and factors contributing to their success or failure.

Get it while you can!

23 May 2018

Most of our publications are now available only as PDFs on the web.  But we still have hard copies of some others and they’re not doing any good sitting in our cupboards!

Young people/Rangatahi

21 May 2018

What does our research say about young people and rangatahi? What works to address the issues they face? And what issues are they facing? We draw together our reseach about youth in one place.

The wellbeing of New Zealand families and whanau: Demographic underpinnings

10 Apr 2018

We investigate what's known about the families of yesterday and today, and whether demographic transition and resulting family changes have irrevocably altered the ways families perform.

Last update: 23 May 2018