Strategising for Change

Elections and Social Services Policy As we move towards 23 September and the General Election we know that we will have a new government in place. Whether that is a new version of the National Party led government we have had for the last 9 years or a Labour led alliance we do not know….

Data for Social Justice

Social services organisations gather data for a variety of reasons.  The primary driver for many has been the need to report to funders in order demonstrate the effectiveness of their services.  However, quite quickly, this data is also used to help inform a range of reflective practices.  From a practitioner’s perspective, they consider, “who have…

NGO sector wins concessions

Individual Client Level Data Update As most of you will be aware MSD and the Ministry of Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki has pulled back on their demand for individual client level data to be supplied to it from 1 July. While this represents a good respite and the beginnings of a sensible approach from government…

Defending the Privacy of Client Data

Individual Client Level Data NZCCSS has joined with others from the ComVoices network to take a leadership role in opposing the collection of Individual Client Level Data.  This work has included supporting the crafting of an issues paper and a letter to Ministers. While the recent agreement to delay implementation for specialist sexual violence services…

Community groups to be Defacto Arms of Government?

There has been a quiet revolution occurring which will have profound impacts on community-based social services organisations.  This revolution was brought to my attention recently when the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new style budgeting programme, Building Financial Capability, was released.  Buried in the RFP supplementary information is the requirement to provide Individual Client…

Outcomes Plus – the added value from community social services

Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer, New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services More social services are being delivered by for-profit, commercially driven organisations. Over past years this has been most apparent in the provision of services for older people such as community based in-home care or residential based retirement homes.   More recently there have been increases in…

More Effective Social Services

The Productivity Commission draft report “More effective social services” was published on 28th April 2015. The report contains 8 questions, 81 findings and 47 recommendations. Its findings on the current operating environment, including things like overly prescriptive contracts brought about by risk-adverse politicians and government department imposing high level of control on how funding should be…