Social Investment Insights

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Social Investment Insights provides information about New Zealand children (aged 0 to 14) and youth (aged 15 to 24) at higher risk of poor future outcomes. For children we identified four key risk indicators associated with a higher risk of poor outcomes later in life. The greater the number of indicators a child has, the more likely they are to experience poor outcomes. For youth we identified 10 groups, or target populations: five at ages 15 to 19 and five at ages 20 to 24.

This tool uses maps and tables to display summary information about those at higher risk, by geographic location. The tool:

  • lists the indicators associated with higher risk of poor future outcomes
  • shows the likelihood of these outcomes occurring
  • identifies some of the costs associated with these outcomes.

Statistics NZ and the Treasury have developed this tool to make complex data more easily accessible, so it can be used to inform timelier and better targeted services.

What you’ll see

Using the drop-down menus at the top of the page, you can choose which variables to display on the map and in the summary table. Variables are geographic area, gender, age group, and risk measure. Use the zoom tool on the map to view your area of interest. You can also download the data displayed.

The Treasury has produced an online tutorial which provides a quick how-to guide to using this tool.

We’d like your feedback about

  • The usefulness of this tool.
  • The functionality – did it work as you expected? Is there other functionality you’d like included?

To give feedback, click on the ‘Give feedback’ button above.

Data source

This tool displays data from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), which includes survey and administrative data from across government agencies. The analysis was undertaken by the Treasury, working with other agencies.

Data caveats

  • The methods used to estimate future outcomes and costs are designed to provide a comparative picture for different population subgroups. Some of the methods used are exploratory, so results are indicative only, and not accurate estimates or forecasts of the outcomes and costs that will be incurred in the future. These results are preliminary, requiring further testing and development.
  • The scope of the data is limited by the information collected in agencies’ administrative systems and included in the IDI. For example, the administrative data provides only a partial picture of childhood adversity, service use, and service costs.
  • Errors in population coverage and linkage, and biases present, mean the results are indicative only, and not accurate estimates.
  • Geographic location is derived from government administrative information, and in some cases may be inaccurate or out of date. As a result, some individuals may be allocated to areas in which they don’t reside.
  • Region and territorial authority boundaries overlap. Where only parts of an area lie within a selected region or territorial authority, the data displayed only relates to these parts of the area and not to the whole area.

Release notes

Version 1, last updated 18 February 2016.

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