Publications and resources

Resource centre for Ministry publications, statistics and fact sheets.

This section contains publications and resources produced by the Ministry of Social Development.

Please note: Some of our documents are published in PDF format. Where possible we may also publish this document in other electronic formats to improve the accessibility of our information.

Latest publications

Evaluation of cost-effectiveness of intensive case management services (October 2012 to July 2017)

The Ministry has an ongoing programme of work to evaluate the effectiveness of employment assistance programmes and services to inform our decisions about the design and funding of them. This includes determining the cost-effectiveness of intensive case management services (ICMS).

Section 70A and Children

In October 2017, the incoming Government said that it intended to remove the section 70A benefit reductions that apply when a sole parent supported by benefit does not seek child support. This research brief aimed to support future policy development. This work was one of two papers cooperatively developed with Oranga Tamariki.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among children and families in New Zealand - Research reports

Researchers from the Centre for Social Data Analytics at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) explored the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and their impact on school readiness among children in New Zealand. They also investigated protective factors for children at highest risk of an ACE.

Intentions and Decisions about Early Childhood Education – Research report

Intentions and Decisions about Early Childhood Education: Understanding the determinants and dynamics of households’ early intentions and decisions about ECE and childcare from birth to age two study analysed data from mothers of 6800 pre-schoolers in the Growing Up in New Zealand study, New Zealand’s largest longitudinal study of child development.

Working Paper 01/09 - Material hardship measures for the Child Poverty Reduction Act (CPRA)

This background paper on EU-13, DEP-17 and MWI-24 is a contribution to MSD discussions with Stats NZ regarding the material hardship measures to be used for the Child Poverty Reduction Act, as a part of the consultation process required by the Act.

Employment Assistance cost-effectiveness report - 2016/2017

Each year MSD summarises its evidence on the cost-effectiveness of its expenditure on employment assistance (EA) programmes and services and case management (CM) services. The results are used by MSD to inform its decisions on design and funding of employment programmes and uses.

Effects of screen time on preschool health and development – Research report

The Effects of screen time on preschool health and development study is the first to look at children’s screen time usage based on New Zealand-only data. Screen-time data was analysed for more than 5,000 pre-schoolers from the Growing Up in New Zealand study, New Zealand’s largest longitudinal study of child development.

Social connectedness and wellbeing

What is social connectedness and how does it affect our resilience and wellbeing? Read our new research and find out why it’s so important.

Research into infant feeding in New Zealand

Infant Feeding in New Zealand: Adherence to Food and Nutrition Guidelines among the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort – Research report

Association of material hardship with maternal and child outcomes

What does material hardship mean for Mum’s and their children?

2018-21 Employment and Social Outcomes Investment Strategy

The Investment Strategy sets out the focus areas which underpin spending allocations for funding for employment and social outcomes.

Families Commission / Superu Annual Report 2017-2018

Superu was disestablished in June 2018. The Families Commission Act Repeal Act 2018, which disestablished Superu, requires the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development to do anything the Chair of the Superu Board would otherwise have been required to do after 30 June 2018. This includes publishing Superu’s Annual Report.

Annual Report 2017/2018

Each year we publish an Annual Report about the results we’ve achieved and the progress made towards the strategic priorities we set for the year. Our Annual Report has been presented to the House of Representatives pursuant to section 44(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989

We all count: Homelessness count rapid literature review and deep dive

This report is one of the steps the Government is taking to investigate how we can improve data collected on the homeless population in New Zealand.

Household Incomes in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2017

This edition updates last year's report through to June 2017. The report using non-incomes measures of material wellbeing is also updated to 2017.

What happened to people who left benefit system during the year ended 30 June 2014

This report helps build understanding of what happens to people when they leave the benefit system, and whether and how their outcomes change over time.

Effectiveness of the Limited Service Volunteer (LSV) programme in 2014/15 – Evaluation report

The LSV programme is a six-week, work-readiness residential training course delivered in partnership with the New Zealand Defence Force and NZ Police for 18-24 year olds at risk of long-term unemployment. The research compared participants to a similar group who didn’t attend the programme, and found that outcomes are most pronounced for certain groups.

Effectiveness of driver licensing programmes funded by the Ministry of Social Development in 2014 and 2015 – Evaluation report

We measured the impact of the programmes on a range of participants’ outcomes. The short-term goal is obtaining a full driver licence, while longer-term goals include outcomes in income, employment, and time spent not receiving a main benefit or employment assistance.

The Return to Work Programme for Stroke Survivors

MSD wanted to understand how well the programme is working in the view of stroke survivors and providers to support employment goals for working-age people who have experienced a stroke.

Pacific Family Violence Research series

The Ministry of Social Development provided research funding for the completion of a number of research reports focusing on family violence and Pacific communities.

Statement of Intent 2018 - 2022

The Statement of Intent sets out why we’re here, what we do and where we’re headed.

Quarterly benefit factsheets

This set of reports summarises benefit, supplementary and hardship trends for the quarter to June 2018.

Review of Housing Support Products

The Ministry has reviewed the uptake of Housing Support Products to understand how they are being used by our clients.

Effectiveness of contracted case management services – Sole Parent Employment Service and Mental Health Employment Service trials evaluation: Final report

Between 2013 and 2017, the Ministry of Social Development conducted two trials of externally contracted case management services designed to improve employment and social outcomes for sole parents with a youngest child aged 14 years or older(Sole Parent Employment Services (SPES)) and clients with depression or a stress-related mental health condition (Mental Health Employment Services (MHES)).

Benefit and public housing system modelling

The Ministry uses modelling to understand what services provide better outcomes for people and to forecast demand on services we fund or provide.

Evaluation: KickStart Breakfasts and Indicators of Child Health in Linked Administrative Data

This study was commissioned to add to the evidence about the Kickstart Breakfast programme, and specifically to provide a quantitative assessment of the impact of KickStart on students’ health outcomes using linked de-identified data in the Stats NZ Integrated Data Infrastructure.

Inter-Parental Relationship Quality and its Effects on Children

This report reviews current international and national literature about how interactions between parents influence children’s wellbeing and developmental outcomes.

Child Impact Assessment Tool

A Child Impact Assessment (CIA) Tool has been developed to help government and non-government organisations in New Zealand to assess whether policy proposals will improve the wellbeing of children and young people.

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