Our work

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Commissioning and Partnerships

Commissioning is a set of inter-related steps that converts policy and investment into effective social services for New Zealanders

Data Exchange

The Data Exchange is transforming the way New Zealand’s social sector data is shared. The exchange delivers near real-time feedback loops between agencies and providers. This infrastructure supports insights into...

Data Infrastructure

Enabling the smarter sharing of data to support decision-making and performance insights aimed at improving service effectiveness and outcomes across the social sector.

Measurement and Insight

Improving government’s knowledge of its service delivery, particularly performance and impact.

Place-Based Initiatives

Place-based approaches are about empowering local social sector leaders to address social issues in their communities. Three PBIs were established to bring local leaders together to address social issues and improve...

Social Housing Test Case

We've completed our first social investment test case: social housing. We crunched the numbers on social housing to help understand what benefits there are for those living in a social...

A new approach to measuring changes in people’s wellbeing

We’re developing a new approach to analyse the impact of social services on the wellbeing of New Zealanders. This can help funders, providers and others understand whether these services are...

Measuring the impacts of social housing

Our new working paper Measuring the wellbeing impacts of public policy: social housing - examines the impact of placement in social housing on peoples’ wellbeing. The paper tests a novel...

Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM)

We provided the incoming Minister Responsible for Social Development, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, with the following Briefing to the Incoming Minister (BIM) in December 2017.

Official Information Act (OIA) requests

The Official Information Act 1982 (the OIA) allows government information (official information) to be requested and made available unless there is a good reason to withhold it. Official information can...

Learn about our work streams and priorities in About us.