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A government agency's annual report probably isn't at the top of your reading list, but this year we bring you something a little different.
A few weeks ago on 26 October, during a moving powhiri at the Ministry of Social Development, we bid farewell to staff involved in some of our key work programmes. I’d like to thank everyone at the Ministry for their hospitality.
With Superu expected to be disestablished in 2018/19, we want to sign off with a final Evidence to Action conference where we pass on some of what we’ve learned about families and whānau since 2004, when the Families Commission was established.
The issues some Kiwi kids face are many and vast. Poverty, disadvantage, abuse, mental health issues, family violence, parents in prison…for some children, it’s a long list.
We have new reports and publications due to be published shortly:
Good intentions for social interventions* are not always enough. Decision-makers need quality evidence to know whether the products or services they develop, invest in or deliver make a positive difference.
The Hub is your one-stop-shop for New Zealand social science government research. And it’s just hit 6,300 pieces of research from 54 government agencies which you can search and use as much as you like, for free.
In July 2017, Cabinet confirmed its decision to disestablish Superu. As a result, some of our key work programmes have been delegated or transferred to other agencies, effective from 1 November 2017.
Some months ago, the Superu team sat down to devise a handbook for those new to evaluation.
It was important to the team that readers were taken through the theoretical concepts with the help of a real-life case study, and so the penguin-led journey to evaluation competence was born.
By Malcolm Menzies, Chief Executive