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Working to reduce family violence

Strong, healthy, non-violent relationships are the foundation of resilient families and whānau, but current levels of family violence in New Zealand are unacceptably high.

It’s important that Superu stays abreast of the latest international developments in the evidence base about family...

From the Chief Executive – Deciding what to research and why

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At Superu, we are often asked how we decide what research and evaluation needs to be undertaken and how we prioritise this work.  There are several factors that drive our work programme. 

We look for areas that have a system-wide focus, particularly where disparities exist...

Synthesising evidence on vulnerable children

Superu helps build the social science evidence base by synthesising evidence on priority themes, particularly around vulnerable populations.  An area of recent focus has been on children of gangs and children with a parent in prison.

In June 2015 we published two papers from the ‘What...

Reducing the impact of alcohol on family violence

In April 2015, Superu published a paper addressing the link between alcohol and family violence. Previously little focus had been given to bringing together research on the role of alcohol in family violence – specifically intimate partner violence (IPV) and child maltreatment.


From the Chief Executive – Supporting a social investment approach

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Evidence informed decision making is a hot topic in New Zealand’s social sector at the moment. Knowing what works and what to fund in order to achieve the greatest impact is integral to improving social outcomes for New Zealand families, whānau and communities.

The Hon...

Enabling families to adapt when faced with adversity

This In Focus synthesises what is known about family resilience.  It shows that families’ day to day interactions are important to help build families resilience to cope with challenges and adversities.

‘Family resilience’ is an emerging concept though it aligns with the...

Patterns of alcohol consumption during pregnancy

The Ministry of Health recently published a paper on actions to address Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).  Evidence provided by Superu contributed to this work.  

In August 2015, Superu released a research report on the patterns of consumption during during pregnancy.  This evidence...

From the Chief Executive – Taking a system-wide approach

Welcome to the first of Superu’s new regular eNews. 

At Superu we believe that better decisions are made when they are informed by robust and relevant evidence.   For this reason, we’re working to increase the use of evidence by people making policy, funding and service delivery decisions...

New tool measures language skills of NZ Samoan and Tongan children

Researchers from the Growing Up in New Zealand study have developed the first ever Samoan and Tongan language inventories to formally gauge the language skills of New Zealand toddlers speaking Samoan or Tongan as their first language.

While similar language inventories are used...

Dads can help boost immunisation rates - study

Aiming immunisation campaigns specifically at fathers-to-be could be a promising new approach to get more New Zealand children immunised on time suggests new research by the Growing Up in New Zealand study.

The paper published in Vaccine showed that a child whose father made the decision...

Last update: 26 Mar 2017