Invited Symposium 6

Ministry of Social Development

Making the most of administrative data: new research to understand children at risk of poor outcomes and assess programme effectiveness.

MSDLogo_webGovernment agencies have a wealth of administrative data on children and young people who receive services from or have contact with the State. Using these resources for research purposes can be a cost-effective, low compliance-burden means of developing our understanding of children’s trajectories, outcomes and where interventions might be applied to maximise their effect. The three presentations in this symposium demonstrate the possibilities of using administrative data to support evidence-based decision-making to improve the lives of young New Zealanders.

PresenterAffiliationPresentation Title
Moira WilsonMinistry of Social DevelopmentThe impact of the Family Start home visiting programme on outcomes for children and mothers
Philip Spier, Senior Research AnalystMinistry of Social DevelopmentOffending by children in New Zealand
Sarah Crichton, Robert Templeton, Sarah TumenThe TreasuryIdentifying children at risk of poor outcomes as young adults

Chair: Ross Mackay