Welcome to the July 2017 newsletter from The Policy Observatory.
In July and August The Policy Observatory hosts The Next Great Transformation, a series of conversations about the future of the New Zealand economy.
Chaired by AUT Adjunct Professor Rod Oram, each event covers a different topic: the future of trade in a world of re-emergent national populism and voter scepticism of big trade deals; the balance between the ‘seed’ economy and the ‘bubble’ economy in New Zealand and how to productively shift that balance; and the opportunities and threats posed by big data for public policy making. Details are on our website; click on the event links below.
Time: 5.30-7pm Location: AUT WG308, City Campus.
We have a substantial new report by social work academic Emily Keddell that critiques one aspect of the recent child protection services reforms: the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The report highlights the tensions between the aims of the review and details of the reforms, and identifies perverse incentives for service deliverers in the non-government sector. This report will interest readers concerned about child welfare policies, the challenges of policy-making, and the government’s social investment approach.
Emily’s report is available on our website:
We also feature two extracts from the report on the Briefing Papers website. These papers provide short, easily-digestible extracts from the report.
*What is a good outcome? Social investment and child abuse prevention by Emily Kedde*ll
This Briefing Paper focuses on the perennially difficult task of how to measure outcomes and the limitations of applying the social investment approach to child protection services.
Reflections on the Child Youth and Family review: On evidence and prevention by Emily Keddell
This paper touches on two issues in the Child Youth and Family Review: the inappropriate control group used to measure outcomes, and why the government’s individualistic approach to child abuse and neglect needs to be placed in wider social contexts.
We interviewed Emily about the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children-Oranga Tamariki, for The Spinoff website:
We are preparing a series of Briefing Papers on election issues prior to the 23rd September election, so if any AUT staff are interested in contributing a briefing or explainer on election-related issues, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Policy Observatory’s David Hall has edited a book on immigration, Fair Borders? Migration Policy in the Twenty-first Century, published by Bridget Williams Books. The book draws together a broad set of writers to discuss whether New Zealand’s immigration policy offers a 'fair go’ to those just arriving, and to those who arrived a long time ago. This edited collection includes new and diverse perspectives that go beyond the boundaries of popular debate, in which migrants are too often treated as numbers, not people.
David has summarised some of the key thinking behind the book in a Briefing Paper:
Fair Borders?: Migration Policy in the Twentieth Century by David Hall http://briefingpapers.co.nz/fair-borders/
RNZ News. (21 June 2017). ‘Govt ill-prepared for immigration boom – survey’. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/333483/govt-ill-prepared-for-immigration-boom-survey
RNZ Sunday Morning. (18 June 2017). Mistake to see immigration as problem – researcher. http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/sunday/audio/201847923/mistake-to-see-immigration-as-problem-researcher
David Hall. (12 June 2017). With the election looming, a new poll reveals New Zealanders’ views on immigration. https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/12-06-2017/as-we-gear-up-for-an-election-a-new-poll-reveals-nzers-views-on-immigration/
Policy Observatory founder and Emeritus Professor Ian Shirley has a long history of research on Auckland as a city and a region. He has recently written about the Auckland super-city being broken. Another review of governance is not needed, he asserts, as the problems are clear and mostly emanate from Wellington’s lack of willingness to work in partnership with Auckland to address the deficits in the region.
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