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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...

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...

Last update: 26 Jun 2017