About Us

Complex social issues deserve quality evidence to enable better informed decisions. Decision-makers need to know what works and what doesn’t.
Our purpose is to increase the use of evidence by people across the social sector so that they make better decisions – about funding, policies or services – to improve the lives of New Zealanders, New Zealand’s communities, families and whanau.

What we do
We work across the wider social sector to:

promote informed debate on the key social issues for New Zealand, its families and whanau, and increase awareness about what works
grow the quality, relevance and quantity of the evidence base in priority areas
facilitate the use of evidence by sharing it and supporting its use in decision-making.
Who we work with
We work with those who fund, create or use social science evidence including policymakers, programme developers and funders, researchers, evaluators and practitioners.

We work across the wider social sector with people who are based in central and local government, academic, community and iwi-based organisations, and are tackling complex issues across key social policy areas like social development, housing, health, education and justice.

Our priorities
To influence providers and funders to do and fund research and evaluation that is useful to policymakers and programme developers.

To influence the development of sustainable research and assets and infrustructure that will support good social science research and it’s availability.

To commission and do good social science research and evaluation where there are critical gaps in the evidence base that are not being filled elsewhere.

To make social science research and evidence easier to access and understand.

To stimulate awareness of evidence, its importance and the big social issues for New Zealand.

To actively support the use of evidence by decision makers in the social sector.

Knowledge Exchange Forums

Superu periodically holds Knowledge Exchange Forums (KEFs) on priority social issues.

The aim of these forums is to bring together experts from policy, research and/or practitioners to identify knowledge gaps around the selected topic. These forums provide an opportunity for interaction, exchange and mutual learning among the participants.

The intention of these forums is to encourage the use of evidence to address social issues important to New Zealand families and whanau.

Family Violence Knowledge Exchange Forum
On 16 September 2014 Superu brought together 28 participants from universities and government to explore new ways of addressing family violence. Learn more in the KEF report and the annotated bibliography of the reading pack provided to participants.

Intimate partner violence and the workplace

This Issues Paper, by the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse, aims to raise awareness of intimate partner violence (IPV) as a matter that has serious implications for the workplace.

The paper highlights the need for employers to see the perpetrator’s behaviour as the problem rather than penalising or holding the victim accountable. It also highlights emerging approaches that can be used by employers and the government to fulfil their responsibilities to employees and to wider society.

Read the full report here: https://nzfvc.org.nz/issues-papers-7

Superu funds the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. It delivers quality evidence to inform cross-sector family violence prevention strategies.

Growing Up in New Zealand

Growing Up in New Zealand is a longitudinal study that collects information about children’s development in the context of their families, their communities and the wider physical, social and cultural factors they are exposed to during their lives.

The study follows the lives of approximately 7,000 Kiwi children. Click here for more information.

Policy briefs
Policy briefs provide relevant and accessible information on specific issues. The first two policy briefs are now available.

Keeping our children injury-free (September 2014)

Nutrition and physical activity during pregnancy (September 2014)

Topic reports
The reports use the study’s data to focus on important policy topics and undertake an in-depth analysis of a particular issue.

Residential Mobility Report 1: Moving house in the first 1000 days (December 2014)
This report describes how often and how far New Zealand children are moving at the start of their lives.

Vulnerability Report 1: Exploring the Definition of Vulnerability for Children in their First 1000 Days (July 2014)

This report evaluates how commonly New Zealand children experience 12 family and environmental risk factors that have previously been shown to increase the chances that children will have poor developmental outcomes.

Comprehensive reports
These reports provide comprehensive information on the cohort (the group of children being studied) and are produced at key milestones in the cohort’s development.

Growing Up in New Zealand: Now we are two (June 2014)
Now We Are Two provides insight into the physical health and development, emotional and behavioural well-being, and cognitive development of New Zealand two-year-olds.

Growing Up in New Zealand: Now we are born (March 2012)
This report details the beginning of the children’s journeys in the context of their families and their wider environments.

Growing Up in New Zealand: Before we are born (November 2010)
Before we are born paints a complex picture of a changing New Zealand and shows not only the hopes, dreams and realities faced by soon-to-be-parents, but also the increasing diversity of our families and their children.

Are you a researcher interested in using the data?
Data collected as part of the study is available to researchers. We want the data to be used as widely as possible, informing policy and research decisions. A great deal of useful information has been collected about the children, and in some cases their mothers and the mothers’ partners. By accessing the data you will be able to gain a better understanding of what has led to particular outcomes.

The data is anonymised so study participants can’t be identified. The data is linked, where applicable, to public health records such as perinatal information.

What’s available:

Antenatal data set

9 month data set

For more information about accessing study data, click here to access the Growing Up in New Zealand data access guide.

More about the study
The Growing Up in New Zealand study tracks approximately 7,000 New Zealand children from before birth. The study describes what it is like to grow up in contemporary New Zealand in the 21st century.

The Study has several unique features:

It started before the children were born so useful information has been collected about the mother’s behaviour and her intentions for the future.

The mother’s partners have been involved in the study, which provides a useful and sometimes different perspective on the child.

The cohort has representation from European, Maori, Pacific, Asian and other ethnic groups to ensure that New Zealand’s cultural diversity is captured.

There are six ‘domains’ of the study: education, culture and identity, psychological and cognitive development, health and wellbeing, social context, and family and wellbeing. This multi-disciplinary approach means the information collected can be used by a wide range of agencies, governmental and non-governmental, to address cross sector issues.

About us

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

The New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse is the national centre for collating and disseminating information about domestic and family violence.
Superu funds the University of Auckland to operate the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse.

Superu’s vision is to be the centre of excellence for knowledge about New Zealand families and whānau. Working with the NZFVCH is part of that vision to ensure we can advocate for the interests of families from a strong evidential base.

Having access to quality information is critical to ensuring family violence prevention strategies and initiatives have the greatest impact possible and can assist cross-sector consistency in approaches to family violence prevention.

Campaigns such as our White Ribbon Campaign to end violence against women and the It’s not OK Campaign will benefit from fast and efficient access to the best evidence from around the world.

The Clearinghouse draws on the expert leadership and academic excellence exemplified by Dr Janet Fanslow, whose work has contributed greatly to understanding family violence in New Zealand, and Associate Professor Robyn Dixon, who has extensive experience in leading multidisciplinary teams in research and evaluation projects.

We’re now called Superu

From 1 December 2014, the Families Commission started operating as the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, or Superu for short.

We still have a focus on families and whanau. We are making the change because it better reflects HOW we do what we do. In early 2014, the legislation that governs us changed to give us the additional responsibilities of monitoring and evaluating programmes and interventions in the social sector, and to provide social science research into key issues, programmes and interventions.

In a nutshell, we’re responsible for finding out what works for families and whanau. Complex social issues deserve quality evidence to enable better-informed decisions. Decision-makers need to know what works and what doesn’t.

Our purpose is to increase the use of evidence by people across the social sector so that they make better decisions – about funding, policies or services – to improve the lives of New Zealanders, New Zealand’s communities, families and whānau.

We look forward to working with you, whether we have worked with you in the past or will soon work with you in the future. And we’re always keen to hear from you. We can be contacted on 04 917 7040 or by email

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Welcome to the Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit, or Superu for short

You may have known us in the past as the Families Commission. We are still focused on families and whānau, and have changed our name so it better reflects what we do.

Our purpose is to increase the use of evidence by people across the social sector so that they can make better decisions – about funding, policies or services – to improve the lives of New Zealanders, New Zealand’s communities, families and whānau.

We work across the social sector to:
• promote informed debate on key social issues for New Zealand, its families and whānau, and increase awareness about what works
• grow the quality, relevance and quantity of evidence in priority areas
• facilitate the use of evidence by sharing it and supporting its use in decision-making.

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

Superu funds the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. It delivers quality evidence to inform cross-sector family violence prevention strategies.

How to Choose the Right Makeup Brushes

 

A good makeup brush is an indispensable tool used for applying makeup to the face or body. The brush can be made of synthetic or natural fibers, while the handle usually consists of wood or metal. Most of these brushes have several bristles, which are used for various applications. Depending on the brush’s size and shape, it can either be used on the face or in the upper lip.

Makeup brushes make the job easier because it helps in creating different effects to the makeup. By using a good brush, you will find that your makeup will last longer. But before you use one, there are certain things that you should know.

The first thing to consider is the length of the brush. It is ideal to get the brush that is long enough to reach from the eye to the eyebrow. Make sure that the size of the brush that you choose is not too small for the purpose. For instance, if you are applying concealer on the eyes, then get a brush that is long enough so that you can reach the eyelashes. And if you are using powder on the cheekbones, get a large brush that will cover all the creases and ridges.

When choosing makeup brushes, you have to consider the kind of bristles. Synthetic bristles are preferred by women as they are flexible and easy to manipulate. Some synthetic bristle brushes are available in a variety of colors and styles, which helps in creating an appealing look for the face. However, synthetic brushes also tend to cause some skin irritation and redness, especially when it gets wet.

You also need to consider the hair types. Most brushes designed for use on the face have soft hair that can easily blend with the skin. Some bristle brushes are designed with hair that is short and stubby, which helps in creating a more dramatic effect for those with long hair. However, it is important to choose a brush that does not cause any kind of damage to your hair or scalp. You should not use a brush that is too tight because it can cause the hair to be damaged.

Another aspect to consider when buying a good makeup brush is the material. While synthetic brushes may look more elegant, they are less durable. When you are using a brush on your skin, you will find that synthetic brushes are more durable than wood or metal brushes. because they are made of synthetic materials.

In addition to the brushes, you also need to consider the applicator of the makeup brushes. These applicators come in different shapes and sizes, which help in applying the makeup evenly. Some are made of cloth, but some are made of metal. The type of applicator you choose depends on the way you are going to use the brushes.

Most brushes are designed with detachable applicators, which allow you to control the amount of makeup you want to apply. Therefore, you can be sure that you are getting the right amount of makeup on your face. While a lot of the brushes are made of synthetic, some brushes have detachable applicators, as well. To create more variety, you can also buy a brush that has both a detachable applicator and a wand applicator.

Most brushes are designed with two ends. This helps to ensure that the brush can be used with both damp and oil-free makeup. The brushes are made of different materials, so you will find brushes that are made of cotton, silk, synthetic fibers, and other types of materials. Some brushes come with detachable bristles and also a comb.

When choosing a brush, you can use different types of bristles depending on the application that you are going to use it for. You can get a sponge brush, powder brush, or pressed brush. A sponge brush is a great tool that allows you to apply foundation to your face. while pressing in order to get a smooth finish. If you are going to use a pressed brush, then it should be soft to apply powder evenly on your face.

If you are going to use a powder brush, then you should consider using a powder brush, which allows you to blend the makeup into your skin easily. You can also use a loose powder brush, which can provide you with a smudge-free finish. and even out your makeup.

How to Choose the Best Carpet Cleaning Company

 

Take the time to travel around New Zealand and you will find carpet cleaning Auckland. This can be one of the most enjoyable activities for those that want to relax and enjoy the outdoors. This is a wonderful way to avoid the large crowds that many of the popular beaches and resorts attract.

Many people enjoy being outdoors, but they do not like it when it rains or snow. This means that they need to be protected from the elements so that they can get the best out of their holidays. Luckily, there are some simple things that anyone can do that will help them get through the worst weather and keep them dry and safe.

One of the first things that you can do is make sure that you bring along a sweater to keep you warm when it snows and that you bring along a pair of sneakers or flip flops when you are outside to play your favorite outdoor sports. You also want to make sure that you do not have any woolen products near your home. Wool is especially bad because it does not breathe well and so it will quickly become saturated with water.

Even though you are outdoors, you still need to wear some kind of long sleeve clothing in order to avoid the sun, which can cause damage to your skin and hair. In fact, if you are lucky enough to be able to have a tanning booth at your resort, then you should use this when you get out of the water. Otherwise, it is good to cover up with a shirt and shorts.

If you choose to take your carpet cleaning outside, you will need to protect yourself from the elements and you should also make sure that you take the proper precautions. Make sure that you do not wear flip flops or get into wet sandals. This is because you will quickly become soaked and will be unable to dry yourself properly.

In fact, many times during the winter months, the weather can turn very cold and windy. It is important to make sure that you keep your windows closed and try to stay off the ground as much as possible. If you do not have any protective clothing, then you should wear pants and t-shirts that will keep you warm.

If you are outside during the winter months, you will also want to consider other ways to protect yourself. For example, you should wear loose-fitting clothing, such as long Johns and shirts that will not trap the heat. This can prevent sunburns and you should also ensure that you protect your face from the sun, especially if you are outside all day.

If you decide to use a carpet cleaning company, then you should make sure that you check their qualifications and the services that they offer. They should also provide you with all of the necessary paperwork. This way, you can be sure that you will get the results that you want.

The best carpet cleaning company in Auckland will also make sure that you have the best equipment and training available to ensure that you get the best results and that you are protected from the elements. In fact, you can request samples from the different types of cleaning agents that they have on hand. This is a good idea if you are considering making a purchase.

There are a number of things that you should look for when you are choosing a carpet cleaning company. The first thing that you should look for is if they have the proper liability insurance in case there is an accident and damage is done to your home. If you decide to use one of the many companies that offer cleaning services, you should make sure that they are covered by this type of insurance.

In addition, you should take a look at the cost of the carpet cleaning if you are considering using a company to clean your carpets. This is important because it can vary depending on what type of business you are using. You should also ask how many pieces of carpet can be cleaned at one time and how long the carpet cleaning will take.

The last thing that you should ask about is the service that you will receive if you are paying for the carpet cleaning. and you should also make sure that you know what you will be responsible for in terms of the costs. if there is an accident and damage is done to your home.