Welcome to the Families Commission/Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (SuPERU)

We are an autonomous Crown entity established under the Families Commission Act (2003) and report to the Minister for Social Development.

We promote the use of evidence in the social sector so that better decisions can be made – about funding, policies or services – to improve the lives of families, whānau and communities in New Zealand.

We work across the social sector to:
• promote informed debate on key social issues for New Zealand, its families and whānau, and increase awareness about what works
• grow the quality, relevance and quantity of evidence in priority areas
• facilitate the use of evidence by sharing it and supporting its use in decision-making.

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse

The Families Commission funds the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse. It delivers quality evidence to inform cross-sector family violence prevention strategies.


We want your feedback on our draft evaluation standards

We’re seeking expressions of interest from NGO social service providers to participate in funded external evaluations.
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