About The Hub

The Hub contains social science research undertaken, commissioned or partly funded by central government in New Zealand. We define 'social science research' as the systematic study of human action and interaction, and may include qualitative and quantitative research.

To be considered 'government' social science research it must be undertaken, commissioned or at least partly funded by:

  • Public service departments, such as the Ministry of Social Development

  • NZ Police

  • Crown entities, such as a district health board

  • Crown entities, such as Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission)

  • Independent crown entities, such as the Children’s Commissioner.

Social Science research is used to help policy makers and funders know what works. It may also be done to:

  • help inform the design of new policies

  • evaluate a policy or how it is being delivered.

Information that we haven't included on The Hub

  • Research by local government, such as councils

  • Statistics without any analysis

  • Public consultations

  • Unpublished documents

  • Confidential information or reports where individuals can be identified.