Place Based Initiatives

A place-based approach aims to address social issues that exist at the local level. 
This approach is a collaborative process to address issues as they are experienced within a geographic area.

The place-based approach will build on the work social agencies and communities are doing to improve outcomes for vulnerable New Zealanders by providing the tools to help communities identify where their investments will have the most impact. 

Social Investment puts the needs of people who rely on public services at the centre of decisions on planning, programmes and resourcing by:

  • Setting clear, measurable goals for helping those people.
  • Using information and technology to better understand the needs of people who rely on social services and what services they are currently receiving.
  • Systematically measuring the effectiveness of services, so we know what works well and what doesn’t.
  • Purchasing results rather than specific inputs, and moving funding to the most effective services irrespective of whether they are provided by government or non-government agencies.

The way in which these principles are implemented will vary, and may include:

  • a particular focus on vulnerable or high-risk groups;
  • investing up-front to support people most at risk of poor outcomes later on in life;
  • greater input from outside the public sector in analysis, innovation and service provision;
  • working with local organisations to commission services within communities;
  • new citizen-centred services that cut across existing departmental service channels; and
  • interacting with each household through a single trusted relationship.