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Ministry of Social Development’s New Community Investment Strategy

MSD’s new Community Investment Strategy policy requires individual client information (identifying data) from contracted non-profit service providers.

This policy is generating quite a bit of discussion around the sector and Trevor McGlinchey from Christian Council of Social Services (NZCCSS) asks whether Community groups are to be Defacto Arms of Government!
It came to Trevor’s attention recently when the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new style budgeting programme, Building Financial Capability, was released. Buried in the RFP supplementary information is the requirement to provide Individual Client Level Data, or ICLD. This individual data includes the requirement to provide “Client Name, address, gender, date of birth, primary ethnicity, Iwi. Dependents Name, date of birth, relationship to client”.

The following analysis is from his recent blog.
The latest update to the Community Investment Strategy (link below) spells out the new requirement: “Starting from July 2016, we will begin collecting individual client level data (client level data) from providers. We will do this progressively over the year, so that we are collecting client level data from all providers by July 2017.” This means that all Community Investment funded service providers will be required to collect and provide to government Individual Client Level Data.

see full article HERE


Off the Track : 2017 State of the Nation Report

The 10th State of the Nation report from the Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit has just been released.

The title of this year’s report is Off the Track. It draws on the picture of the tramping tracks so familiar to many Kiwis. Walking these tracks requires frequent checking of maps and track markers to ensure the trail is not lost. Failure to do so in the New Zealand bush can carry significant and sometimes tragic   consequences.

In the context of this report, ‘off the track’ reflects a sense that many of the markers routinely analysed for the State of the Nation report currently suggest we are not heading in the best direction for New Zealand as a whole.

There are some undeniably positive signs, such as rising employment and wage growth, reduction in youth offending and a falling teenage pregnancy rate. However, in some of our most critical areas the nation appears to have stalled or even gone backwards. See the full report HERE or go to: