Complex social issues need good quality evidence, and decision-makers need to know what works.
Superu managed the Ministerial Social Sector Research Fund until October 2017. The Fund is used to respond to research and evaluation questions from Ministers about social sector issues.
Here are the research projects we completed in that time:
This research looks at residential movements in New Zealand. Previous studies have linked frequent movement with poor outcomes for the affected individuals and their families, including poor education and health outcomes.
This research is a review of the literature about freephone helplines and how they are used to provide social services support.
This evaluation reviews the impact and effectiveness of the ISR pilots in Christchurch and Waikato.
Research has identified land use regulation (the rules that determine what can be built where) as a key driver of house price rises in the United States. This publication summarises a similar New Zealand investigation into the connection between land use regulation, the supply of houses and prices.
This research looks at how many at-risk children go on to achieve good employment and education outcomes, and investigates the key factors that contribute to these good outcomes.
Off-benefit transitions - February 2017
This research looks at what happens to people when they move off a government income support benefit.
This review adds to the knowledge base of evidence on social housing. It looks at the outcomes for social housing tenants relative to the proportion of social housing in their areas.