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Effective Community-level change: What makes community-level initiatives effective and how can government best support them?

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...

Commissioned Report: Measuring the effectiveness of the ‘whole-of-system’ response to prevent family violence

The ‘Measuring the effectiveness of the ‘whole-of-system’ response to prevent family violence’ report provides a useful platform for considering how systems approaches might be developed to assess the effectiveness of integrated responses to complex social issues.

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In Focus: Families with complex needs – International approaches

In Focus: Families with complex needs - International approaches identifies approaches to support families with complex needs in the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.

Superu (The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit) has produced this In Focus to increase...

In Focus: Families with complex needs – International approaches

This In Focus has been produced to increase awareness of approaches to support families with complex needs in the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada.

Developing policies and practices that can respond early to support families with complex needs is of crucial importance and...

What Works: Integrated Social Services for Vulnerable People – the evidence is promising

For those questioning whether further investment should be targeted at integrating social service delivery, we found promising outcomes for individuals, families and whānau with multiple & interrelated needs.

Superu reviewed available research on international and national integrated...

Timely review of whether integrated social services make a difference – from a NZ and International perspective

Media Release:
Evidence on the effectiveness of integrated social services for vulnerable people is mixed and continues to emerge, states a publication released today What Works: Integrated social services for vulnerable people.

Superu (the Social Policy Evaluation and...

New Chair of Social Science Experts Panel appointed

Superu is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Richard Bedford QSO FRSNZ as chair of the Social Science Experts Panel.  The Panel provides Superu’s Board with advice on our work programme and peer reviews our research and evaluation publications.

Professor Bedford is also...

WARNINGS about immunisation prove more influential than positive messages

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Negative messages about immunisation have a far greater impact on parents’ decision to delay vaccinations than encouraging information has on vaccinating children on time, reveals a new policy brief released today by the Growing Up in New Zealand study.

The brief...

Study reveals when and how much women drink alcohol during pregnancy

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Today, the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) released new research on drinking during pregnancy, Patterns and dynamics of alcohol consumption during pregnancy in a recent New Zealand cohort of expectant mothers, using data from the longitudinal...

Alcohol and Pregnancy - Understanding the New Zealand context

It has been established that exposure to alcohol can be harmful to the unborn child.

To better understand the patterns of women’s alcohol consumption during pregnancy, Superu analysed data and contextual information collected from the respondents of the Growing Up in New Zealand study....

Last update: 26 Mar 2017