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Resource centre for Ministry publications, statistics and fact sheets.

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

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Supporting Offenders into Employment (SOE)

Using a kaupapa Māori approach to the case studies, this research showed that participants benefited from the holistic intensive support they received from the SOE service

Pathways to Retention and Revitalisation of Te Reo Māori

Using data from Growing Up in NZ, researchers investigated the use of Te Reo Māori among the 6,200 children in the cohort.

Report on Phase One of MSD’s Positive Workplace programme

In 2018 the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) decided to revise its approach to workplace harassment and bullying. This report outlines the progress we have made since then to build a positive workplace where our people feel safe and experience mana manaaki.

The impact of multiple disadvantage on subjective wellbeing in NZ families

This research explores whether some disadvantages have larger impacts on life satisfaction than others, and tests whether combinations of disadvantages have impacts beyond the sum of individual disadvantages.

What happened to people leaving the benefit system during the year ended 30 June 2016

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

What is known about effective recovery services for men who have been sexually abused?

A new evidence review undertaken by Carswell Consultancy brings together evidence on what supports adult male survivors of sexual abuse.

Factors of the early learning environment that promote early learning outcomes in Aotearoa / New Zealand.

This research was funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and Families Research Fund.

The researchers, from University of Auckland, Otago University and Ministry of Education, used data collected from the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) study to determine factors that impact children’s early learning outcomes, and asked if there were any ethnic differences in the determinants of early learning success.

Families Package Monitoring and Evaluation

The Families Package was introduced from 2018 to help improve incomes for low- and middle-income families with children.

The assistance is part of the Government’s focus on reducing child poverty, and ensuring children get the best start in life.

The Families Package is primarily delivered through MSD and Inland Revenue.

Household Incomes in New Zealand: trends in indicators of inequality and hardship 1982 to 2018

The Household Incomes Report provides information on the material wellbeing of New Zealanders as indicated by their household incomes from all sources from 1982 to 2018.

The report uses data from Stats NZ’s 2017-2018 Household Economic Survey (HES) to update the previous report in the series which had information to 2016-2017.

The interviews for the 2017-2018 survey were carried out in the year to 30 June 2018, and asked about incomes in the twelve months prior to interview.

Supporting Offenders into Employment - Evaluation report (first six months)

This evaluation looked at the first six months of the Supporting Offenders into Employment initiative. Supporting Offenders into Employment is a trial of services aimed to help people transition from prison into sustainable employment, with the goal of reducing re-offending and the likelihood of a return to a benefit.

Individual placement and support trials - research reports

Getting into work is a goal for many people who are coping with mental health issues. Individual Placement and Support (IPS) is an integrated approach to employment and mental health support that has been effective internationally. Two new trials are helping build the IPS evidence base in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Intensive Client Support service – a promising start

ICS service works with participants who entered the benefit system before the age of 20 and who often face complex challenges in relation to employment as adults. It uses a collaborative and iterative approach to address these challenges, before focussing on employment. The 24-month case studies evaluation shows that ICS service has made a positive start.

The influences of social connectedness on behaviour in young children: a longitudinal investigation using GUiNZ data – Research Report

Using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study, this Victoria University research was funded by the Ministry of Social Development’s Children and Families’ Research Fund.

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.

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