State of the state


State of the State New Zealand 2016

Challenges to adopting social investment

The investment approach has been taking shape over several years. It has been incrementally rolled out in various ways, including through reforms to the welfare system and Better Public Services (BPS) results – to help people move away from being ‘at risk’ to leading happy, productive and fulfilling lives.

As alluring as it sounds, achieving such an ideal is not that simple. In addition to our own research, we spoke to more than 20 leaders in politics, the public service, social service delivery, academia and business to get a sense of their thoughts, concerns and ideas on social investment. Through these conversations we identified a number of challenges to the widespread uptake of social investment.

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