Insights from the Centre of Social Data Analytics – October 2019

October 16, 2019

CSDA’s research and analytics tools are used by local and international agencies to support smart policy and sound decision-making in areas including health and social welfare.  This issue: a new Deputy Director for CSDA; CSDA homelessness work almost ready for implementation; our paper on ethnic disparities in childhood prevalence of maltreatment in the American Journal of Public Health; Rhema delivers the John Western Public Lecture 2019 in Brisbane.

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Meet Larissa Lorimer: Executive Coordinator (Research) at ISSR

October 15, 2019

Larissa has played an integral role in developing CSDA’s Auckland hub since the start in 2016. Now, she is working at the Institute of Social Science Research (ISSR) at the University of Queensland, as an Executive Coordinator of Research, applying those same skills to build the centre’s Australian node.

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CSDA researchers share Allegheny Homelessness Tool at D4GX, New York

September 23, 2019

CSDA Director Professor Rhema Vaithianathan and CSDA research fellow Chamari Kithulgoda attended  the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange (D4GX) in New York in September and presented a poster – “Implementing a Predictive Risk Model to Prioritize Homeless Services:  The Allegheny Homelessness Tool”.

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Data analytics in the public sector: 2019 John Western Lecture, Brisbane

September 19, 2019

Professor Rhema  Vaithianathan delivered a public lecture - Data analytics in the public sector – the tortoise or the hare? – in Brisbane in September.

Her talk was the 2019 John Western Lecture, a biennial event proudly hosted by the University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) and School of Social Science.

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Prof Tim Maloney steps down from CSDA

July 29, 2019

Professor Tim Maloney stepped down as co-director of the Centre for Social Data Analytics (CSDA) in July.

The change coincided with his appointment as Head of the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy at AUT and the move of CSDA to sit within the School, which also hosts The Policy Observatory and The Helen Clark Foundation.

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New research:  ethnic disparities in child protection (NZ)

July 19, 2019

A study co-authored by Professor Rhema Vaithianathan and published in the highly-regarded American Journal of Public Health follows the child protection interactions of almost 60,000 children from birth until the age of 18. The study is New Zealand’s first cumulative count of child protection encounters by ethnicity.

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