Toi Hau Tāngata – the Social Wellbeing Agency – has published its analysis into the effectiveness of different government interventions on reducing the impact of different government interventions on reducing the impact of COVID-19.
The analysis involved comparing data on COVID-19 policies to reported case rates in New Zealand and 49 similar countries, investigating policies around containment and closure; economic; health system; and vaccinations; and their association with COVID-19 case numbers.
The key findings are:
“Governments around the world have had a shared objective of protecting public health and wellbeing while minimising the economic shock of COVID-19. This will continue to be an area of significant interest for researchers and policy-makers, so this analysis is a valuable tool in understanding the impact between different policy interventions and COVID-19 case numbers”, said Renee Graham, Chief Executive of the Social Wellbeing Agency.
“On the home front, Kiwis can be proud of their commitment to following the various policies introduced to keep our communities safe during the last two years in the thick of the COVID-19 pandemic. We know that responding to COVID-19 required large sacrifices from many, in terms of economic, social and mental wellbeing. But the evidence clearly shows they paid off in slowing, and in some cases stopping, the spread of COVID-19.”
The Social Wellbeing Agency works on challenging social-sector problems to improve people’s lives. We focus our efforts on where we can make the greatest impact to lead and shine a light on policy issues that affect the wellbeing of New Zealanders. We collaborate across the system advising on policy issues that fall between the gaps. Ultimately, we want our approaches to achieve sustainable improvements for the wellbeing of New Zealanders.