The Superu Children and Familes Research Fund is dedicated to funding policy-relevant research using external data from the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) study. It provides researchers with an opportunity to explore and shape social policy that supports children and their families, whānau and communities. Applications for the second round are now open and close on 20 October 2017. Funding totaling $750,000 is available in this funding round.
Our aim is to increase the use of evidence in the social sector so that better decisions can be made – about funding, policies or services – to improve the lives of families, whānau and communities in New Zealand.
The use of evidence can change people’s lives. We are working on the following projects because they will provide useful evidence for people working in the social sector to change the lives of New Zealanders.
The wellbeing of families and whānau is an essential cornerstone for maintaining healthy, happy and productive individuals who are the backbone of a flourishing country.
Superu’s Families and Whānau Status Report is published annually and measures how New Zealand families and whānau are faring across a range of wellbeing indicators.
The Families and Whānau Status Report is published in accordance with the Families Commission Amendment Act 2014.
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 health and wellbeing of young people with or at risk of developing mild to moderate mental health issues. It consisted of 26 initiatives across the Ministries of Health, Education, Social Development and Te Puni Kokiri.
Superu led the strategic evaluation of the YMHP as a whole. The evaluation is part of a wider move by government to assess how effectively government policies and practices are being applied.
Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitudinal study. It collects information about children’s development in the context of their families, whānau and communities, and about the physical, social and cultural factors they are exposed to as they grow up.
The purpose of the study is to provide evidence about what shapes children’s early development so every New Zealand child can have the best start in life.
The study started in 2008 and is funded by the government. It is based at the University of Auckland’s Centre for Longitudinal Research – He Ara ki Mua and the contract for the study has been managed by Superu since 2013.
The government is expanding the use of social investment to improve life outcomes for New Zealanders, and reduce future costs to government. The use of evidence in decision-making is essential to the success of the social investment approach.
The Using evidence for impact programme has responded to the needs of govenment agencies and the community and voluntary sector, through the provision of practical tools and guidance to improve the sector's approach to collecting and using evidence.
Superu has a legislative mandate to ‘identify evidence and research that will assist in determining or achieving the Government’s policies and priorities in the social sector’. With this in mind, we have developed a set of research directions for the social sector¹.
Family violence has been a key priority area for Superu since 2005. We are working to increase the quality, relevance and quantity of evidence on family violence and how families can become more resilient. We disseminate our evidence to people working across the social sector so that they can make better and more informed decisions which can improve the wellbeing of New Zealand’s communities, families and whānau.
Hīkoi Ngātahi is our responsiveness with Māori strategy for 2015-2020.
We aim to improve whānau wellbeing by increasing the use of evidence and research across the social sector to improve outcomes for whānau.
Superu’s Hīkoi Ngātahi strategy outlines how Superu will work to build more meaningful relationships with iwi and Māori organisations who:
Government invests a substantial amount in social science research and evaluation. The Publishing Protocol is for all government agencies that carry out, commission or communicate social science research and evaluation.
It will ensure everyone benefits from the Government's investment in research and evaluation.
This increased consistency and availability will help continue to lift the standard and impact of government social science research and evaluation.
Complex social issues need good quality evidence, and decision-makers need to know what works.
Superu manages the Ministerial Social Sector Research Fund, which is used to respond to research and evaluation questions from Ministers about social sector issues.
Here are the research projects we have completed for Ministers to date: