Social sector research directions

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.

This document could be used to influence the funding and direction of research so that knowledge is generated based on what evidence the sector needs to be effective. Practical examples of this included using the social sector research directions to inform and influence:

  • social science funding decisions of other government agencies
  • relevant data analysis, for example analysis of integrated data infrastructure
  • relevant work within the academic community
  • Superu’s own research, for example based on data from the Growing up in New Zealand longitudinal study
  • cross-sector research and evaluation within agencies.

Download a copy of the social sector research directions (PDF, 436 kB) .


¹ We defined ‘social sector’ for this project to be ‘social sector agencies within central government’, and ‘research’ as including ‘all forms of research, evaluation and analysis’. 

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Last update: 28 Jun 2018