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.
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
Citizens receive a wide range of services that are provided directly or indirectly by government such as healthcare, education and roading. Continue reading
Earlier in April I had the pleasure of delivering the closing remarks following the Big Data Hui hosted by Treasury. Continue reading
The lives of citizens are much more variable than can ever be captured by the information gathered in research models and administrative data collections. Continue reading
Citizens benefit greatly from evaluation when it is used in social services to design and improve services, but they bear the cost when evaluation is weak or absent. This has long been the case for Mäori. Continue reading