Social policy

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9 Feb 2018

The State of the Nation report this year is the eleventh report the Salvation Army’s Social Policy Parliamentary Unit has completed. New Zealand as a nation has changed in many ways over this time and each of these reports have served as markers along the...

Video lecture/presentation

18 Dec 2017

To produce evidence with ‘impact’, and know how to ‘make evidence count’, we need to understand the policy process and how evidence is produced and used in a complex system.

Research report

29 Nov 2017

In its tenth year, the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion report has reinforced Australia’s consistently high level of support for immigration and cultural diversity.


24 Nov 2017

This study explores how social impact investment (SII) has been used for housing and homelessness objectives internationally, and examines three case studies where SII has been used in Australia.

Journal article

13 Nov 2017

This article provides an analysis and discussion of the volatility of individual incomes in New Zealand.


1 Nov 2017

This volume is the most international of all published monographs from the series "Czech-Polish-Slovak Studies in Andragogy and Social Gerontology." Among the scholars trying to grasp the nuances and trends of social policy, there are diverse perspectives, resulting not only from the extensive knowledge of...

Conference paper

20 Sep 2017

This paper presents a multi-method (interviews, cost-benefit analysis, technical monitoring) longitudinal evaluation of ten social housing dwellings in Horsham (Victoria, Australia), including four low-energy and six control houses. Occupants of the low-energy houses purchased 45-62% less electricity, had lower utility bills resulting in financial savings...


14 Aug 2017

The Centre for Social Impact’s focus over the next five years will be on reducing social inequality and understanding and addressing key complex social problems.

Briefing paper

12 Aug 2017

It has been widely recognised that maternity leave is important to the health of mothers. But what difference does paid maternity leave make? And does paid maternity leave help to reduce health inequalities?

Research report

17 Jul 2017

This report assesses whether there has been progress in community sector outcomes measurement in Western Australia.

Research report

28 Jun 2017

This report introduces Social Return on Investment and highlights the importance of measuring social impact.


21 Jun 2017

The UNESCO Inclusive Policy Lab works on the emerging issues of knowledge crowdsourcing and its translation into inclusive and equity-weighted policies.

Policy report

19 Jun 2017

This paper considers opportunities and issues associated with using individual-level data and citizen-based analytics.

Research report

State of the State 2017
18 May 2017

This report finds that the resilience of New Zealand households should be an explicit focus of government policy.

Research report

20 Apr 2017

The key to the affordable housing industry’s future is that governments, in consultation with affordable housing providers, establish a clear industry vision with defined policy objectives, and specify medium-term growth strategies and targets to realise that vision.

Whether involving new finance or the redirection...



20 Mar 2017

In Australia, most common strategies for countering “us and them” sentiments consist of public statements defending “multiculturalism” and immigration. But these strategies reinforce the conflation of multicultural policy and cultural diversity. This leaves little room to challenge the assumptions of multiculturalism without being seen as...


28 Feb 2017


As society becomes increasingly diverse and complex, communities around the globe are exploring new ways to promote cultural and social cohesion.

Australian multiculturalism has a successful record, yet as global migration continues to generate increased cultural diversity, new tensions that have...


27 Feb 2017

ACOSS' submission to the Federal Budget process, outlining their priority recommendations for the 2017-18 Federal Budget.

The Federal Budget is much more than an accounting exercise. It is ultimately about people and our communities, and the priorities and goals we set for our...

Journal article

4 Jan 2017

The aim of this paper is to analyses residential solar PV feed-in tariffs (FiT) policy history to inform the development of a sustainable flexible pricing regime to enhance the diffusion of energy storage, electric vehicles, solar PV installations and other distributed resources focusing on the...

Working paper

20 Dec 2016

This working paper aims to answer three questions: what is the social investment approach (and what is it not), how should it be applied and where would it be most productively applied?

The current New Zealand Government is following a “social investment” approach to...