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

Are NZ children meeting the MOH guidelines for Sleep?

Researchers from Massey University, Queensland University of Technology and the Ministry of Health (MOH) analysed data from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study to determine if NZ children are meeting sleep guidelines

Is participation in Early Childhood Education (ECE) related to child health and development?

Using data from Growing Up in New Zealand researchers examined two measures of child wellbeing in relation to ECE use: child behaviour (emotional symptoms, conduct, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relationships, and prosocial behaviour) and prevalence of common infectious illnesses and associations for four common childhood illnesses.

Poipoia te kākano kia puawai: Family structure, change and the wellbeing of tamariki Māori

This report examines family structure and change for tamariki Māori, and their potential impacts on early childhood development and wellbeing.

Social Inclusion in New Zealand

This rapid evidence review was commissioned in 2019 to summarise evidence about the process of building social inclusion in Aotearoa New Zealand. It identifies evidence for six important ways to help make New Zealand more socially inclusive.

Update on the Future of Social Sector Commissioning work programme

This paper describes work underway across government agencies (jointly led by the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki) to improve the commissioning of social services in New Zealand.

Gender Pay Gap Action Plan 2020/21

At MSD we are committed to reducing our gender pay gap. Our Gender Pay Gap Action Plan 2020/21 outlines what we will do to continue to close the gap.

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.

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