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ESR expertise has contributed to better understanding of how using a systems approach can improve how complex social issues are tackled.

The Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (Superu) commissioned an ESR research project to assess the effectiveness of whole of government efforts to prevent family violence.

ESR’s Systems Scientist Jeff Foote says the project was a proof of concept that showed how multiple indicators can be used to track impacts of policy and interventions over time.

A report has been released by Superu after a cross-government workshop to discuss the use of system approaches in policy. The ESR project was used at the workshop as an example, and was widely admired and discussed.

Participants included representatives of Treasury, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development, Police, ACC, Te Puni Kōkiri, the Health Quality and Safety Commission, the Productivity Commission, Superu, Victoria University and Massey University.

The project was led by Jeff Foote, and included ESR scientists David Wood and Graeme Nicholas, along with Dr Sue Carswell from the University of Canterbury.

View the Superu report here(external link)

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