Social services involve interactions with people that can be fraught and complex: they are often based on partial knowledge of conditions and may involve many partners and inadequate responses. The quality of social services delivery is a vital and undervalued consideration in the selection of social policy choice. Continue reading
Some thoughts on what we need from our social services sector, the limitations imposed upon it and how using evidence and improving numeracy can help
The challenge of social investment against a backdrop of demographic, social and political change in New Zealand.
Our early lives shape much of our life course, and the way we then go on to influence later generations. Families and community play significant parts in this, as does the state, particularly through health, housing, education, justice and income support policies, but also through employment and tax policies and facilitation of social services. Continue reading
Superu’s annual Evidence to Action conference in mid-June gave me plenty of food for thought. My end-of-conference summary, which is reproduced below, was informed by the speakers – Dr Sarah Morton of What Works Scotland, Karen Field from drummond street services in Melbourne, Prof Stuart McNaughton, the Chief Education Science Advisor, Dr Monique Faleafa of Le Va and MSD’s Regional Commissioner in Northland Eru Lyndon. Continue reading
What makes us who we are? How can we know what it takes to ensure that every child gets the best start in life? How can we help policy developers make the best decisions for the wellbeing of Kiwi kids? Our answer is simple but, at the same time, complex: we study them. And we do it over a long period of time.
Te Ritorito is a metaphor for intergenerational whānau, hapū and iwi wellbeing. The inaugral Te Ritorito forum was jointly held by Superu and Te Puni Kōkiri at the Pipitea Marae on 3-4 April 2017.
New Zealand has experienced a nearly constant level of births every decade since 1950, averaging some 600,000 births per decade. This is projected to continue until around 2050. Continue reading
New Zealand is a special place where people of all walks of life generally feel welcomed and accepted. But, despite this, our nation stands out for its high level of violence, and sadly this is reflected in both our family violence statistics and the incidence of child abuse and neglect. Continue reading
The reported abusive behaviour of members of the Chiefs rugby team towards the lone woman who they invited to their year-end party as an entertainer, and the knee-jerk follow up reaction by New Zealand Rugby, highlights the importance of the “It’s Not OK!” and other campaigns against harm in families. Continue reading
Citizens receive a wide range of services that are provided directly or indirectly by government such as healthcare, education and roading. Continue reading