Development of the Social and Community Sector

Links and information on research, methods, case studies and commentary on developing the sectors.

What Works

This site helps the people who make Aotearoa New Zealand a better place – especially smaller community groups who can struggle to show the value of their work.

It aims to help people gather robust data and information to tell a real story about what they are doing and the difference it makes. If you need to reflect on your work, demonstrate its effectiveness and keep improving your practice, this site is for you.

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Social Work Research

The aim of this blog is to feature New Zealand social work research in an accessible way and to promote critical debate about social work matters. It was started by Liz Beddoe, Professor School of Counselling, Human Services and Social Work, University of Auckland.

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Community Research

Community Research is the place to find webinars, research and resources for the Tangata Whenua, Community and Voluntary Sector.  You can browse research by category or keyword. 

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Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work – Journal

Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform for research, analysis and scholarly debate on social work theory, policy and practice.

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Ministry of Social Development Research

MSD’s research and evaluation team generates and shares evidence that influences the design and development of the Ministry’s programmes and services. Our researchers partner with policy and service delivery teams within the Ministry, collaborate across government and work with the wider research community. Research insights are applied to policy and practice to enhance the wellbeing of people and their families, whānau and communities. Links to MSD research include:

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Work Programmes Research Index

Publications Index

Publications Research Archive Index

Charities Reform

Sue Barker Charities Law This site hosts a range of information concerning the current Charities Law reform. Sue Barker is honoured to be the 2019 New Zealand Law Foundation International Research Fellow Te Karahipi Rangahau ā Taiao, click here, undertaking research into the question “What does a world-leading framework of charities law look like?”, with a report due by late 2021.

For information/updates about the research, please read more here.

Hidden in plain sight

Optimising the allied health professions for better, more sustainable integrated care

ANZASW in partnership with Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand has commissioned a report on optimising the allied health professions for better, more sustainable care.  Read the full report here.  To accompany the full report is this companion piece on the contribution social workers could make to the new system.  It states that increased input from social workers in integrated care teams can support a more person-centred, equitable, high quality and cost-effective integrated health and disability system.

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NZIER report to Allied Health Aotearoa New Zealand (AHANZ)