The Oranga Tamariki Evidence Centre works to build the evidence base that helps us better understand wellbeing and what works to improve outcomes for New Zealand’s children, young people and their whānau.

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What we do

We work to:

  • drive research strategy that is aligned and focused on priority areas
  • build evaluation skills within our own organisation
  • commission, monitor and undertake evaluations
  • provide insights from operational, population and wellbeing data.


We collaborate and share our research widely

We host bi-monthly seminars that showcase research for those working in areas that impact New Zealand’s children and families.

We partner with other social sector agencies to present topical research and thinking.

We work across cultures, in partnership and we value the voice of the child

Our research is informed by a te ao Māori worldview, and we operate in a way that respects the full range of knowledge sources. We work with partner organisations who are close to our communities and we strive to hold our tamariki at the centre of our thinking.


We are leaders in child-centred research

Developing the wellbeing model gives us a population-level view of how children are doing and who is in need. We have a cross-sector leadership role in understanding what works for New Zealand’s children and families and in what context.