A case where sound evidence needs more than just simple arithmetic
We know that healthy families are at the heart of a healthy society. Being part of a family is the most significant socialising influence in a person’s early life. Given that childhood disadvantage strongly predicts negative adult life outcomes, it’s critical that we understand how our children are impacted by the modern world in which we live.
Non-use or misuse of evidence brings huge costs to citizens, by crowding out valuable alternatives as well as increasing the cost that citizens incur in order to get the best they can from services that could have been better designed.
Whenever getting it wrong can adversely affect citizens as well as benefiting them when getting it right, there needs to be transparency and validation of a standard comparable to that well used in official statistics.
Superu has been just one of several developments of recent years aimed at lifting the evidence base for social services.
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.
Earlier in April I had the pleasure of delivering the closing remarks following the Big Data Hui hosted by Treasury. Continue reading