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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.