Excellence in family research - He puna e ora ai te whānau

The Families Commission is New Zealand's centre of excellence for knowledge about families and whānau. We are an autonomous Crown entity established under the Families Commission Act (2003). We report to the Minister for Social Development.

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Centre for Family and Whānau Knowledge

An authoritative source of research and evidence about New Zealand families and whānau.

Latest Knowledge Centre items

In this submission, the Families Commission provides evidence from three of its research studies which show that there needs to be more support for families living with addiction.
The relationship and interactions between schools, families and communities can have a significant bearing on educational outcomes. 
What works with Māori: What the people said draws together a significant body of work, undertaken by the Commission as part of its Whānau Rangatiratanga Work Programme: He Ara Whakamua
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Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit

Independent monitoring, research and evaluation addressing issues and initiatives affecting families and society.

Latest Research Unit items

Good quality, reliable outcome indicators can be used to monitor trends, identify emerging problems, create awareness, guide legislative and policy reforms, and ensure adequate provision of services. 
International evidence reviews have indicated that school-based relationship violence prevention programmes are one of the few strategies with proven evidence for preventing intimate partner violence.
The Families Commission Amendment Bill passed its Second Reading in Parliament on 3 July 2013.
A comprehensive report released by the Families Commission finds effective parenting programmes are a key way to reduce the risk of maltreatment of...
New legislation passed yesterday will see the Families Commission working to increase the use of quality evidence to inform better decisions and...
The Families Commission is seeking expressions of interest from people wanting to represent their community’s views on social issues or issues...


Evidence2Action 2014 Symposium

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White Ribbon New Zealand

The Families Commission coordinates White Ribbon, New Zealand's national public awareness campaign to help eliminate violence against women.

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.