Informing policy

Long-term thinking | Risk assessment | Evidence to policy | Science diplomacy | Trust in science
We inform policy to help to create conditions for society to thrive. We act as knowledge brokers by gathering evidence from multiple disciplines and domains and providing in useful formats for policy makers or civil society to make better decisions. We also study the science-policy-community interface to enhance how evidence is used in public decision making. Koi Tū is home to the International Network of Government Science Advice secretariat and the President of the International Science Council.

Ka hui te whare wānanga, ka rite te whare rūnanga.

When the wānanga-critical thinking is conducted, the decision makers take their place.


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Ending child poverty
Our country’s recent political reset presents an opportunity to tackle one of the biggest blights on Aotearoa New Zealand society: longstanding child poverty and its resulting intergenerational effects.

Early investment: A key to reversing intergenerational disadvantage and inequity in Aotearoa New Zealand

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Keynote address at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Amsterdam
There are many reasons why this topic is so important and yet remains inadequately addressed, and I will look at the question though diverse lenses reflecting the different hats I wear. I hope it still...

Childhood obesity: reducing the risk through early life measures
This evidence brief focuses on how early life nutrition, including prenatal exposures, caregiver feeding practices and childhood eating behaviours, contributes to overweight and obesity risk in children.


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