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Recent Reports Provided to the Minister
Reports provided to the Minister of Social Development and Employment as at 5 October 2023

Memo: Quarter One Delivery Report 5 October 2023
Briefing: Delivering Te Aorerekura - The National Strategy to Eliminate Family Violence and Sexual Violence 29 August 2023
Briefing: Community Hubs resource 24 August 2023
Aide Memoire: People in mental distress presenting via 111 22 August 2023
Confirmation of 20/23 work plan 4 August 2023
Memo: Quarter Four Delivery Report 14 July 2023
Ministerial Satisfaction Survey 10 July 2023
Memo: Quarter Three Delivery Report 10 April 2023
Briefing: Cyclone Gabrielle and Auckland Floods Wellbeing Data  27 February 2023
Memo: Quarter Two Delivery Report   17 February 2023
Auckland Floods: Understanding social wellbeing to support recovery 10 February 2023
Housing experiences of older people (65+) in NZ - updated slides  13 December 2022
Youth Engagement: Cluster Analysis  2 December 2022 
Youth Engagement: What works advice  2 December 2022
Briefing: Progress towards regional data dashboard products  18 November 2022
Aide-memoire: SWA Hui Talking Points  11 November 2022
SWB Monthly Dashboard: October 2022 Update  4 November 2022
Aide-memoire: SWB Report back to SWV: 9 November 2022 4 November 2022
Briefing: Community Hubs 4 November 2022
Memo: Title witheld under 9(2)(f)(iv) 28 October 2022
Briefing: Upcoming Publication - Wellbeing during the first year of COVID-19 28 October 2022
Memo: Social Wellbeing Agency Quarter 2 Delivery Report  19 October 2022 
Briefing: Te Ao Māori Perspectives of 1st 1000 Days  19 Octover 2022
Briefing: SWA Dashboards Work  19 October 2022
Memo: Participation in the Risks That Matter Survey  30 September 2022
Memo for Youth Engagement Chairs: YEMG pre-meet  20 September 2022 
Aide-memoire: SWB Meetings 19 and 21 September  16 September 2022 
Slide pack: Further Information about the highest need children and youth in Aotearoa 13 September 2022
Briefing: Initial package of announcement for youth engagement programme  23 August 2022
Briefing: Improving regional access to data to support decision making 19 August 2022
Aide-memoire: Ministerial Satisfaction Survey  5 August 2022 
Aide-memoire: Sole mothers during COVID-19 26 July 2022
Briefing: Social Wellbeing Agency 2022/23 Work Programme 26 July 2022
Aide-memoire: Q4 Progress Report  26 July 2022
Youth and Child Cohorts Service Access Map - anlysis  15 July 2022
Briefing: Title witheld under 9(2)(f)(iv) 15 July 2022
Post Hearing Estimates Questions  8 July 2022

Reports provided to the Minister of Social Development and Employment as at 30 August 2021

Minister's Update Week Ending 2 July 2 July 2021
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency Minister Sepuloni
8 July 2021
7 July 2021
Aide memoire: Having a Baby in South Auckland: Gaps in New Fathers' Earnings 7 July 2021
Aide memoire: Ministerial Satisfaction Survey July 2021 7 July 2021
Estimates Post-Hearing Questions 9 July 2021
Aide memoire: CYWS Ministerial Group Meeting
2 August
30 July 2021
Aide memoire: End of Year Performance Report 30 July 2021
Aide memoire: Debt to Government 2 August 2021
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency Minister Sepuloni
3 August 2021
2 August 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 30 July 2021 2 August 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 13 August 2021 13 August 2021
Aide memoire: Debt to Government breakdown 13 August 2021
SWB Quarterly Dashboard August Update 13 August 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 27 August 2021 30 August 2021

Reports provided to the Minister of Social Development and Employment as at 30 June 2021

Aide memoire: Partnership hui 11 May 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 7 May 2021 11 May 2021
SWA Strategic Narrative 11 May 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 21 May 2021 21 May 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 4 June 8 June 2021
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency Minister Sepuloni 9 June 2021 8 June 2021
Aide memoire: Quarter 3 Progress Update 8 June 2021
Aide memoire: Work programme discussion 8 June 2021
Aide memoire: Toi Hau Tāngata hui 11 June 2021
Aide memoire: Debt to Government 18 June 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 18 June 2021 18 June 2021
Estimates Pack 23 June 2021
Briefing: Pay Equity Report 23 June 2021
Aide memoire: OIA: COVID-19 Contractors 25 June 2021
Estimates Pack 25 June 2021

Reports provided to the Minister of Social Development and Employment as at 30 April 2021

Aide memoire: Social Wellbeing Board at SWC 10 March  4 March 2021
Briefing and appendices: B4 School Checks  9 March 2021 
Minister's Update Week Ending 5 March 2021  9 March 2021
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency Minister Sepuloni 11 March 2021  9 March 2021
Aide memoire: Debt to Government Phase 1  12 March 2021
Aide memoire and appendices: Social Wellbeing Board: March dashboard and invitation to Ministers  24 March 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 19 March 2021  24 March 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 1 April 2021  1 April 2021
Briefing and appendices: Estimates and Supplementary Estimates  1 April 2021
Aide memoire and appendices: Social Wellbeing Board meetings 13 and 14 April  12 April 2021 
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency Minister Sepuloni 19 April 2021  16 April 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 16 April 2021  16 April 2021
Aide memoire: Aotearoa Wellbeing Update  16 April 2021
Aide Memoire: Data Protection and Use Policy Cabinet implementation update  16 April 2021
SWB Dashboard for SWC 5 May  23 April 2021
Aide memoire and appendices: Talking points for SWC 5 May  30 April 2021

Reports provided to the Minister of Social Development and Employment as at 29 February 2021

 February 2021
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency_Minister Sepuloni meeting 9 February 2021 5 February 2021
Briefing: Data Systems Transition Plan 5 February 2021
SWA Strategic Intentions 5 February 2021
Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update WE 5 February 2021 5 February 2021
Aide memoire: Social Wellbeing Board Dashboard: February 2021 8 February 2021
Aide memoire: Social Wellbeing Board meetings 16 and 17 February 15 February 2021
Annual Review 23 February pack 18 February 2021
Annual Review Prep Meeting 22 Feb Social Wellbeing Agency pack 19 February 2021
Minister's Update Week Ending 19 February 19 February 2021
Annual Review Follow Up Questions and Responses 26 February 2021
Aide memoire: DPUP Integration into Core Expectations 26 February 2021
January 2021 
Report: Success frameworks for Place-Based Initiatives: Design and toolkit 22 January 2021
2019/20 Annual Review (Written Responses to Q1-127) 22 January 2021
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 26 January 2021 22 January 2021
December 2020 
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 7 December 2020 4 December 2020
Title withheld 4 December 2020
Title withheld 4 December 2020
SWA Excerpt for Budget 2021 letter 4 December 2020
Aide Memoire Social Wellbeing Board meeting 9 December 2020 8 December 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update WE 4 December 2020 11 December 2020
Briefing: Data Protection and Use Policy: Cabinet report back 11 December 2020
Aide Memoire Speaking points: Budget 2021 11 December 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency Strategic Intentions 2020 - 2025 11 December 2020
Briefing: Monthly dashboard prototype 18 December 2020
November 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update Week Ending 13 November 2020 13 November 2020
Appendix: Social Wellbeing Agency 2020/2021 Work Programme Quarter 1 Update 13 November 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency - Toi Hau Tangata Briefing to the Incoming Minister 13 November 2020
Social Wellbeing Board Briefing to the Incoming Minister 13 November 2020
Aide-Memoire: Business Cases Update November 2020 20 November 2020
Title withheld 20 November 2020
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 23 November 2020 20 November 2020
Aide memoire: Social Wellbeing Board meetings: 1 December 2020 and 9 December 2020 30 November 2020
Agenda and supporting papers: Social Wellbeing Board 9 December 2020 30 November 2020
October 2020
Agenda Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 2 October 2020
Monitoring COVID-19 Recovery (October Update) 2 October 2020
Business Case Updates October 2020 2 October 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency Minister's Update Week Ending 2 October 2 October 2020
Reports provided by the Social Wellbeing Agency to the Minister of Social Development between March 2020 and September 2020 as at 29 October 2020.
March 2020
[AGENDA] Social Investment Agency_Minister for Social Development Meeting 10 March 2020  6 March 2020
Data Protection and Use Policy: Update on progress towards policy implementation 13 March 2020
Evidence Centre and The Hub update – improving the use of evidence in decision making 13 March 2020
Annual review of the Social Investment Agency – post-hearing questions 13 March 2020
[AGENDA] Social Investment Agency_Minister for Social Development Meeting 23 March 2020 20 March 2020
Fortnightly Update Social Investment Agency_Minister for Social Development Meeting 23 March 2020 20 March 2020
Work programme A3 overview 20 March 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency / Covid-19 response 27 March 2020
April 2020
Estimates for Vote State Services 8 April 2020
Supplementary Estimates: Vote State Services 8 April 2020
Week Ending: 7 April 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 9 April 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency / Covid-19 response update 9 April 2020
International responses to Covid-19: Domestic violence/child abuse 9 April 2020
Social Wellbeing and COVID-19 in Aotearoa-New Zealand: Five reasons for hope – both short and long-term. 17 April 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency / Covid-19 response update 17 April 2020
Week Ending: 24 April 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 24 April 2020
May 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency / COVID-19 response update 1 May 2020
Final Estimates Request for information on appropriations within the Vote State Services 1 May 2020
Week Ending: 8 May 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 8 May 2020
Social Wellbeing Board upcoming meetings 8 May 2020
[Agenda] Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 22 May 2020
Week Ending: 22 May 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 22 May 2020
Short Report Social Isolation 22 May 2020
SWB Chair presentation at Social Wellbeing Committee 27 May 22 May 2020
Update - Social Wellbeing Board May 2020A3 22 May 2020
June 2020
SWB Chair presentation at Social Wellbeing Committee 24 June AM 19 June 2020
A3 SWB Chair presentation at Social Wellbeing Committee 24 June 19 June 2020
Draft Work programme for discussion AM 19 June 2020
A3 Social Wellbeing Agency 2020/2021 Work Programme –draft for discussion 19 June 2020
[AGENDA] Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 22 June 2020 19 June 2020
Week Ending: 19 June 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 19 June 2020
July 2020
Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures - Re-engaging NZ with the World 3 July 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update Week Ending 3 July 3 July 2020
Aide Memiore: Ministerial Satisfaction Survey July 2020 3 July 2020
Supplementary Standard Estimates Post-hearing questions 2020-21 10 July 2020
Stats NZ: Algorithm Charter 17 July 2020
Social Wellbeing Board meetings: 21 and 23 July 17 July 2020
Active consideration - Withhold 9(2)(f)(iv) 21 July 2020
Active consideration - Withhold 9(2)(f)(iv) 21 July 2020
[Agenda] Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 27 July 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency 2020/21 Work Programme Briefing 27 July 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency 2020/21 Work Programme A3 27 July 2020
Data Protection and Use Policy implementation Briefing 27 July 2020
SWA work for the Social Wellbeing Board 27 July 2020
Potential roles for SWB in the Covid 19 Response and Recovery Funding for the Social Sector 27 July 2020
Week Ending: 24 June 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 27 July 2020
Social Wellbeing Agency Staff Hui 30 July 29 July 2020
Ngā Tapuae: Levers of Change 31 July 2020
August 2020
Social Wellbeing Board discussion 5 August 4 August 2020
Week Ending: 7 August 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 7 August 2020
Update on Data Exchange and Data Expertise and Capability 7 August 2020
[Agenda] Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 7 August 2020
Memo: Meeting Chief Science Advisors 14 August 2020
SWA annual report draft 14 August 2020
Week Ending: 21 August 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 21 August 2020
The People’s Project: Homelessness analytics 24 August 2020
Chief Science Advisors meeting 25 August 2020 24 August 2020
September 2020
Youth Mental Health in Aotearoa New Zealand: Greater Urgency Required 4 September 2020
Attachment: Mental health: a silent pandemic among NZ’s youth 4 September 2020
Week Ending: 4 September 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 4 September 2020
[Agenda] Social Wellbeing Agency / Minister Sepuloni meeting 4 September 2020
Active consideration - Withhold 9(2)(f)(iv) 4 September 2020
Monitoring COVID-19 Recovery Key wellbeing stories and indicators 11 September 2020
COVID-19 Caring for Communities Workstream Weekly Report 10 September 2020 11 September 2020
Week Ending: 18 September 2020 Social Wellbeing Agency Fortnightly Update 18 September 2020

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development between November 2019 and February 2020 as at 19 March 2020.

Manawa GovTech Update 1 November 2019  
Minister Update week ending 1 November 2019 1 November 2019  
Social Wellbeing Board membership 7 November 2019  
SWB Chair/Minister meeting 7 November 5 November 2019  
Data Protection and Use Policy Cabinet Paper 6 November 2019  
Data Protection and Use Policy consultation and talking points for SWC 6 November 2019  
Data Protection and Use Policy talking points for SWC 8 November 2019  
Active consideration - Withhold 9(2)(f)(iv) 8 November 2019  
Having a baby in South Auckland 15 November 2019  
Manawa GovTech funding update 15 November 2019  
Active consideration - Withhold 9(2)(f)(iv) 15 November 2019  
Social Wellbeing Board 20 November meeting 15 November 2019  
Fortnightly update week ending 15 November 15 November 2019  
Active consideration - Withhold 9(2)(f)(iv) 22 November 2019  
Fortnightly update week ending 29 November 29 November 2019  
Social Wellbeing Board support - update 13 December 2019  
Place-Based Initiatives evaluation report (AM) 24 January 2020  
Attachment Implementation and emerging outcomes evaluation of the Place-based Initiatives    
Attachment Report to SWB The Place-Based Initiatives – Progress and Timing of Contingency Drawdown    
State Sector (Social Wellbeing Agency) Name Change Order 24 January 2020  

 

Social Investment Agency/Minister for Social Development Meeting 13 Feb 2020 7 February 2020
Attachment Fortnightly Update Social Investment Agency_Minister for Social Development Meeting 13 Feb 2020  
Social Investment name change 10 February 2020
Appropriation name changes 11 February 2020
Agency Māori description - change 12 February 2020
Social Investment name change 14 February 2020
SWA Announcement: Morning Tea at the Agency 14 February 2020
Case Study: ‘Towards better social sector decision making and practice: A social wellbeing approach’. 14 February 2020
Social Investment Agency_Minister for Social Development Meeting 24 Feb 2020 21 February 2020
Attachment Fortnightly Update Social Investment Agency_Minister for Social Development Meeting 24 Feb 2020  

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in September and October 2019 as at 16 December 2019

6 September 2019 Report to the Ministers of Statistics and Social Development: Data Futures Partnership – Ministerial Approval
6 September 2019 Data Futures Partnership 8 August meeting
9 September 2019 Topics for 10 September meeting with SWB chair
18 September 2019 Social Wellbeing Board 19 September meeting
20 September 2019 Withhold 9(2)(f)(iv) paper is under active consideration
20 September 2019 Data Protection and Use Policy (the Policy)
20 September 2019 Minister's Update Week ending 20 September 2019
27 September 2019 Overview of evaluation plan for Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy
11 October 2019 Data Protection and Use Policy: Withhold 18(d) information soon to be publicly available
11 October 2019 Meeting pack: Data Exchange Uptake
11 October 2019 Minister Update week ending 11 October 2019
11 October 2019 SIA Report Measuring the impact of social housing placement on wellbeing
18 October 2019 Data Exchange Uptake and Funding
18 October 2019 Social Wellbeing Board/Ministers meeting 23 October

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in August 2019 as at 4 October 2019

7 August 2019 Data Ethics Advisory Group
2 August 2019 Family Violence and Sexual Violence meeting
2 August 2019 SIA Excerpt for SSC Annual Report
2 August 2019 Post-Hearing questions for 19/20 estimates
7 August 2019 Data Future Partnerships Meeting 8 August
9 August 2019 Data Protection and Use Policy implementation options for Cabinet paper
9 August 2019 Minister's Update Week ending 9 August 2019
16 August 2019 SIA 2018/19 Ministerial Satisfaction Survey
23 August 2019 Update on Place-based Initiatives Evaluation
23 August 2019 Kāinga Whānau Ora
23 August 2019 Minister's Update Week ending 23 August 2019
28 August 2019 9(2)(f)(iv)
28 August 2019 Draft Cabinet Paper Outline: Withheld under 9(2)(f)(iv)

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in July 2019 as at 4 September 2019

5 July 2019 Briefing on the Social Investment Agency: For the Incoming Associate Minister for Social Development
11 July 2019 Final draft: 19/20 Estimates Document
17 July 2019 Minister's Update Week ending 17 July 2019
19 July 2019 Final: 19/20 Estimates Document
26 July 2019 Data Protection and Use Policy Draft outline for Cabinet Paper
26 July 2019 Data Protection and Use Policy Cabinet Paper Outline Principles & Guidelines Implementation A3
26 July 2019 Minister's Update Week ending 26 July 2019
26 July 2019 DRAFT Business Plan for SIA
31 July 2019 Proactive release: Approval is release PBI cabinet paper Decemeber 2018
31 July 2019 Work for Associate Minister - Summary
31 July 2019 Manawa Nui: Lightning Lab GovTech project

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in June 2019 as at 12 July 2019

4 June 2019 Joint Ministerial Briefing – Withheld under 9(f)(iv)
4 June 2019 Data Protection and Use Policy: Talking points for upcoming Ministers meeting
14 June 2019 Fortnightly Update
28 June 2019 Fortnightly Update
28 June 2019 Joint Ministerial Briefing – Withheld under 9(f)(iv)

 Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in May 2019 as at 12 July 2019

10 May 2019 Fortnightly Update
24 May 2019 Fortnightly Update

 Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in April 2019 as at 12 July 2019

5 April 2019 Fortnightly Update
23 April 2019 Vote State Services: Social Investment
26 April 2019 Fortnightly Update

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in March 2019 as at 10 May 2019

Fri 22 Mar A3 SIA Minister’s Update 22 March 2019
Fri 22 Mar Data Protections and Use Policy: Draft Cabinet Paper

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in December 2018 as at 30 January 2019

Fri 8 Feb Aide Memoire and A3 – Withheld under 9(f)(iv)
Fri 8 Feb SIA Minister’s Update 8 February 2019
Fri 15 Feb Aide Memoire - Data Exchange Agency Uptake Report Back
(and Min of Fin)
Fri 15 Feb Cover note – Withheld under 9(f)(iv)
Fri 22 Feb Data Protection and Use Policy: Terms of Reference amendments
Fri 22 Feb SIA Minister’s Update 22 February 2019

 

Mon 3 Dec Aide Memoire – Meeting 6 December with Dr Graham Scott
Mon 10 Dec Aide Memoire – Cabinet paper The Place-Based Initiatives – progress, future arrangements and resourcing
Fri 14 Dec Briefing – Developing the Data Protection and Use Policy

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in November 2018 as at 07 January 2019

Thu 29 Nov Aide Memoire – Meeting with Digital and Data Ministers’ Group 5 December 2018
Thu 29 Nov Aide Memoire – Letter from Minister of Statistics on Measurement Priorities for Statistics New Zealand

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in October 2018 as at 22 November 2018

Wed 3 Oct Briefing – ‘Your voice, your data, your say on social wellbeing’: Summary of Findings
Wed 3 Oct Briefing – ‘Your voice, your data, your say on social wellbeing’: Māori perspectives
Wed 10 Oct Aide Memoire – The Place-Based Initiatives: [9(2)(f)(iv)]
Fri 12 Oct Aide Memoire – Social Wellbeing Committee Oral item: Investing for Social Wellbeing approach
Fri 26 Oct Aide Memoire – Meeting with Digital and Data Ministers’ Group 31 October 2018

Reports provided by the Social Investment Agency to the Minister for Social Development in September 2018 as at 9 November 2018.

Wed 5 Sep Aide Memoire - Meeting with Minister James Shaw on Cabinet paper Towards New Data and Statistics Legislation Discussion Document: Approval for release
Thu 13 Sep A3 - Draft SIA Future Strategy and Work Programme
Fri 14 Sep Briefing – A What Works function for New Zealand
Fri 28 Sep A3 - Engagement hui update #6
Fri 28 Sep Aide memoire – Further [9(2)(f)(iv)] 
Fri 28 Sep Briefing – [9(2)(f)(iv)]    

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