Current projects

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.

Date published: 27 Jun 2018

As part of Superu’s 'legacy' approach, which aimed to not leave useful work on the shelf after our disestablishment on 30 June 2018, we contracted Dr ‘Ana Koloto of Pacific Research and Evaluation Limited to complete a catalogue of government-funded research related to Pasifika people in New Zealand. This project was based on a considerable amount of foundational work carried out by former Superu staff members Sophie Debski and Dr Viv Smith in 2017.

Date published: 30 Jun 2015

Superu’s Families and Whānau Status Reports were published annually between 2013 and 2018, and measured how New Zealand families and whānau fared across a range of wellbeing indicators. Superu was disestablished on 30 June 2018. The work programme is now managed by the Ministry of Social Development

Date published: 16 Dec 2016

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. Superu led the strategic evaluation of the YMHP.

Date published: Feb 2015

GUiNZ is a longitudinal study started in 2008 and based at the University of Auckland. 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. Superu managed the contract on behalf of the government from 2013 to 2017. With our disestablishment on 30 June 2018 the contract is now managed by the Ministry of Social Development. 

Date published: 9 Feb 2017

Superu managed the Ministerial Social Sector Research Fund until October 2017, and was disestablished on 30 June 2018. The Fund was used to respond to research and evaluation questions from Ministers about social sector issues.

Here are the research projects we completed during that time.

Date published: 22 Jun 2017

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.

Date published: 2015

Superu had 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 developed a set of research directions for the social sector¹. Superu was disestablished on 30 June 2018.

As well as identifying the evidence that the sector needs, we also aimed to identify longer term research needs which allowed the sector to be agile and responsive to change.

Date published: 2015

Superu managed the contract for the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, the national centre for research and information on family and whānau violence, until 1 November 2017.

Date published: 22 Aug 2017

Superu was disestablished on 30 June 2018. Management of the contract for Growing Up in New Zealand and the Superu Children and Families Research Fund have been transferred to the Ministry of Social Development.

Date published: 4 Dec 2015

The Publishing Protocol is for all government agencies carrying out, commissioning or communicating social science research and evaluation. It sets out good practice principles for publishing government social science research and evaluation. It helps ensure that research is published consistently and is readily available so that everyone benefits from the Government's investment in it.

The good practice principles are:

Last update: 20 Jun 2019