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

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Latest publications

In-Work Support evaluations

In-Work Support and the In-Work Support Payment were designed to motivate clients to remain in work during their first 12 months of employment after receiving a main benefit.

Prevalence and Consequences of Barriers to seeing a GP for children

This research, led by Dr Mona Jeffreys, used data from 5,947 children in the Growing Up in New Zealand cohort to examine barriers to seeing a GP, consequences of these barriers, and outline policy actions that could reduce inequalities in access for Maori and Pacific children.

Maternal perceptions of aspects of their partnerships with early learning services and schools

Researchers from New Zealand Council for Educational Research analysed data from a Growing Up in New Zealand cohort of over 5,000 mothers to present a picture of maternal views on aspects of parent-educator partnerships in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Step Up Trial formative and process evaluation

This evaluation covers the first eight months of the Step Up Trial, designed to support eligible clients towards work readiness. Evaluation results contributed to the development of Here Toitū, which replaced Step Up in 2020.

Child Poverty in New Zealand

This report uses Stats NZ survey data to describe day-to-day life for children living in households defined as poor by the measures used in the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018, and provides international comparisons as to how New Zealand children are faring.

What happened to people who left the benefit system during the year ended 30 June 2019

This report is the latest in a series examining employment and other outcomes for people in the 12 months after they stopped receiving a main benefit.

The Drivers of Mothers Parental Leave Decisions

With support from MSD’s Children and Families Research Fund Motu researchers looked at the leave intentions, preferences, and actual leave mothers in the Growing Up in NZ cohort took after the birth of their child in 2009/10.

Intensive Client Support service evaluation

This report is a qualitative evaluation of MSD’s Intensive Client Support – Extension (ICS-X) trial. Intensive Client Support allows participants to work collaboratively with their case manager to address their personal challenges and progress (or stair-case) towards work-readiness before focusing on gaining employment.

Families Package

MSD leads the work to monitor and evaluate the impacts of Families Package initiatives.

Adversities of Childhood Experience and School Readiness - Focus on children born to teen and non teen mothers in the GUiNZ data

Researchers looked at the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among children of teen mothers within the Growing Up in NZ cohort, and the extent to which the number of ACEs experienced by a teen mother and/or her child relates to a child’s school readiness.

School Readiness, Adversities in Childhood Experience and Access to Government Services: a Scoping Study on Potential Protective

This research explored the extent to which government services in the realms of Healthcare, Early Childhood Education and Social Services, might offset the negative impacts of ACEs to improve school readiness.

Child Injury in the Preschool Years

This study used Growing Up in New Zealand data to build a comprehensive picture of the environments that contribute to injuries among pre-schoolers in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Experiences of Money Management in the Youth Service

After the Welfare Expert Advisory Group recommended abolishing compulsory money management in the Youth service, MSD undertook survey research with providers and recipients of money management to get their views on the service.

Pacific Young People’s Understanding of Family Violence

In 2019 MSD commissioned Malatest International to undertake qualitative research to understand young Pacific people’s perspectives on family relationships and family violence.

Food Hardship and Early Childhood Nutrition

University of Auckland researchers used data from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal study to explore food hardship as experienced by under five-year olds in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Ethnic differences in the use and experience of child healthcare services in NZ

Using data from Growing Up in New Zealand this research examines ethnic differences in the use and experience of healthcare services in early childhood in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Literature Review on International Best Court Support Models for Victims-Survivors of Sexual Violence

This literature review was undertaken to provide MSD with an overview of international psychosocial court support service models for victims-survivors of sexual violence going through the criminal justice system.

Early Self-Control Development: Prevalence, Persistence and Change in a New Zealand Cohort

Using data from the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) cohort of around 6,000 children, researchers looked at the development of self-control across the first five years of a child’s life. They also looked at whether self-control should be considered a fixed or fluctuating construct in children.

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.

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