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Community Investment Strategy - Social Sector Trials

14 Apr 2016 7:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

What are Social Sector Trials achieving

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Service delivery changes

Special achievements and awards

Evaluation of the model

Service delivery changes

The Social Sector Trials have delivered a wide range of changes to social service delivery in their communities, filling service gaps, improving the quality and inter-connectedness of social services, and taking steps towards more systemic changes in social service delivery.

Community connectedness has led to a greater sharing of local and agency resources, information, trust and advice, a better awareness of the different groups and individuals that make up the community, and a better understanding of the collective and individual needs and supports that will most benefit residents.

These activities have, in turn, led to a number of changes for children and young people in particular, with more young people able to access services, better supported to attend school, and engage positively in their communities and in education, training and employment.

The Social Sector Trials continue to introduce solutions to fill gaps in social service delivery in their communities. Examples of initiatives introduced through the Trials include:

  • the Kawerau Engaging Youth (KEY) forum
    • to provide wrap-around case management support for high-risk young people who are at risk of or have disengaged from mainstream education. KEY membership includes operational staff from both government and non-government organisations
  • the Number Twelve youth hub in Waitomo
    • which offers a youth mentoring programme, driver licence programme, music hub, alcohol and drug service, and is a registered probation service so that young people can undertake community service in a safe and positive environment. The driver licensing programme helps prevent fines due to licence breaches and helps young people gain access to employment, training and other opportunities
  • school community officers in South Taranaki
    • this was enabled through the reallocation of New Plymouth School Community Officers to schools in South Taranaki in response to service gaps identified
  • a new family violence intervention specialist in South Taranaki
    • this role creates cross-agency plans for young people who are witnesses to, or victims of, domestic violence. The plans involve long-term therapeutic intervention to address the symptoms and outcomes of trauma
  • the Rānui Work Ready employment programme
    • this programme ensures high risk young people have the key skills to enable employment through helping young people to gain a first aid certificate, driver licence, record of community service, work experience, and other key skills
  • Youth Coordinators in Horowhenua
    • these roles operate in schools and in the community and have been implemented to provide wrap-around support for young people to remain in education, or engage in further education, training or employment
  • the BASE Camp programme in South Dunedin
    • which couples a strong health and fitness component with career planning and goal setting support to help young job-seekers develop a work-ready attitude and a clear plan for the their future
  • funds to support participation in positive activities, where finances would otherwise be a barrier
    • the Activating Youth Fund in Horowhenua, the Aspirations Fund in Kaikohe, and Youth Fund in Taumarunui remove financial barriers to participation in sports and other positive activities by helping to pay for sports fees, transport, uniforms, or school camp fees
  • attendance campaigns to increase and sustain engagement of young people in education
    • these often link truancy free CBD zones with consistent and positive messaging to young people and family/whanau in regard to school attendance
  • preventative health care measures in Porirua
    • which include the supply of liquid hand soap, tissues, sanitiser and antiseptic cream to early childhood education centres and primary schools.

Special achievements and awards

Several Social Sector Trials and their Leads have been publicly recognised through awards for sector collaboration, leadership, and community contributions. 

3 District Health Board Quality Awards

Tumai Hauora ki Porirua (the Porirua Social Sector Trial) won the Commitment to Quality Improvement Award, and the Trial’s Project Manager won the Leadership Award at the 2014 3DHB Quality Awards in November. The awards aim to highlight collaborative approaches to delivery of health services, improving health outcomes, and removing disparities where they exist. The three District Health Boards involved in the awards are the Hutt Valley, Wairarapa, and Capital and Coast District Health Boards. 

Department of Corrections - Waikato District Community Partnership Award

The Waitomo Trial was awarded the Department of Corrections – Waikato District Community Partnership Award in October 2014. The Trial was nominated for the award by the Te Kuiti Community Probation Service Centre for its contributions to reducing re-offending by:

  • encouraging and supporting young people to comply with their community based sentences
  • enabling young people to carry out their Community Work sentences at the Number Twelve Youth Hub
  • growing the relationship between Community Probation and the SST to meet the needs of young offenders in a more cooperative way.

Other awards

  • The South Waikato Trial Lead’s Project Manager received the 2013 Local Hero award at the New Zealander of the Year awards
  • The Horowhenua Trial’s advisory group received an award from the Mid-Central District Health Board in 2013 for inter-sectoral collaboration towards health and social outcomes
  • The Waitomo Trial Lead received the Waitomo Citizen of the Year Award in 2012.

Evaluation of the model

Recent exploration of administrative data held by agencies shows that, for the first six Trials:

  • the percentage of school leavers aged 15–18 years with NCEA level 2 or above has increased by around 8 percentage points from 2011 to 2013
  • retention rates for school leavers to age 17 have increased by 6 percentage points when comparing 2011 to 2013 retention data.

A cross-agency Data and Measurement Group is working on a number of different approaches to measuring the impact of the Trials. This includes analysing community- and national-level data to identify changes for both individuals and communities, and contrasting results with similar locations that do not have a Trial.

A cross-agency evaluation of the first six ‘tranche one’ Social Sector Trials was carried out in 2013. The evaluation involved interviews with young people, who noted an improved sense of belonging, and an increased feeling of responsibility for others around them. It noted that key achievements of the tranche one Trials in their first two years were:

  • improved community collaboration between local organisations, NGOs, and local and central government agencies
  • creating a local platform for networking and relationship-building between key community stakeholders, building trust, and a shared sense of purpose
  • increasing community awareness and responsiveness to the issues faced by young people
  • enabling communities and government to find new ways of working together
  • establishing a broader base of services for young people and improving the delivery of existing services, which was partly due to a wider community participation
  • that the Trials have made progress in achieving outcomes for young people and the wider community.

Download the Social Sector Trials Evaluation report May 2013 (PDF 981.25KB)

Updated evaluation results will be available in late 2015


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