CSDA workshop features empirical economic papers on children and youth

March 20, 2017

In February 2017, the Centre for Social Data Analytics hosted our second workshop. We enjoyed presentations from local and international researchers on the topic of children and youth.

Presentations from the workshop are available below:

  • Interventions Aimed at Children and Youth in a Scandinavian Welfare State ‐ and Their Impacts, Michael Rosholm
  • Neonatal Health of Parents and Cognitive Development of Children, Hans Henrik Sievertsen
  • Family Size Effects on Child Health: Evidence on the Quantity-Quality Trade-off using the NLSY, Kabir Dasgupta
  • Impact of School‐Based Support on Educational Outcomes of Teen Mothers in New Zealand, Tim Maloney
  • Students are Almost as Effective as Professors in Tutorial Teaching, Jan Feld
  • Home Visiting Programs and Mother and Child Outcomes: Evidence from Family Start, Rhema Vaithianathan
  • Economic Development and Intergenerational Earnings Mobility:Evidence from Taiwan, Luke Chu

Workshop explores approaches to Impact Evaluation

February 24, 2017

In February CSDA hosted a workshop on impact evaluation for New Zealand government officials.

Two Danish scientists led the workshop:  Dr Hans Henrik Sievertsen from the Danish National Centre for Social Research and Professor Michael Rosholm from TrygFonden’s Centre for Child Research, Aarhus University.

Insights from the researchers were of great interest to the public sector audience because Denmark is seen as a frontrunner when it comes to “walking the talk” those new policies should be based on solid evidence.

Michael Rosholm talked through the evolution of evidence-based policy in Denmark, where he has been a key player in arguing for, and delivering, randomised controlled trials for labour market policy.  Now that RCT’s are becoming ‘normalised’ in the labour market sector, he and his research team have turned their attention to progressing the same approach to policy in the education and youth sector.

Evidence and its use in social policy in Denmark:  Michael Rosholm presentation

Hans Hanrik Sievertsen talked attendees through four popular “quasi-experimental” methods that can be used to evaluate policy, pointing out that while these are often more feasible than the ‘gold standard’ RCTs, they can only be used to answer a limited range of questions.

Using quasi-experimental methods to evaluation public policies:  Hans Henrik Sievertsen presentation

Using Integrated Data for Social Sector Policy and PracticeImage from the conference

On 22nd February 2016, the CSDA with the support of the Ministry of Social Development hosted a conference on the use of integrated data. A selection of presentations made at the event can be found below. See an overview of the event here.


Evelyn Wareham (Statistics New Zealand) A vision of collaboration: New Zealand's integrated data - PDF

Michael Fletcher (AUT) Using administrative data to better understand the financial consequences of marital separation among New Zealand parents: Implications for Child Support and social assistance - PDF

Nan Jiang (AUT) Implementing a data visualisation tool for the front-line in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania - PDF

David Earle (Ministry of Education) The effect of education programmes for youth on labour market outcomes - PDF

Tim Maloney (AUT) Using predictive modelling with administrative data to identify poor performers at university - PDF

Robert Templeton (The Treasury) Using integrated data to examine children at higher risk of poor outcomes as young adults - PDF

Charles Sullivan (Ministry of Justice) Justice and the Integrated Data Infrastructure: Initial uses, future plans, and the importance of collaboration - PDF