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Upcoming webinar: Strengths-based reporting and measurement

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Webinar invitation: Strengths-based reporting and measurement


The Child Wellbeing and Poverty Reduction Group is hosting a webinar about Strengths-based reporting and measurement on Friday 16 December from 12-1pm.

Our Executive Director Clare Ward will welcome:

  • Andrew Webber and Louise Pirini from the Social Wellbeing Agency, to consider why strengths-based measurement and reporting matters and how can we do it more effectively
  • Dr Hinemoa Elder, who will share real world experiences of strengths-based health measurement. She will speak about the process and content of developing the measures in her PhD and Post Doc and their subsequent use  – and also cover other salient learning points.

The webinar will include a question and answer session where audience members can submit questions for consideration.

The webinar aims to provide participants with a better understanding of strengths-based measurement and reporting, why it matters, and how you might apply this in your own organisation or context.

It will be of interest to a wide group, including: public servants from central and local government, Iwi, NGOs, Philanthropics, academics and analysts, particularly those involved in measuring, monitoring and evaluation.

UPDATE: See the recording of the webinar.


More about the presenters

Louise Pirini 

Louise (Tūwharetoa, Whakatōhea) works with a team of Data Scientists as the Manager Analytics at the Social Wellbeing Agency, aiming to improve social wellbeing through data and evidence. Her team are experts in using the linked Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) to build an evidence base on cross social-system issues concerning all New Zealanders.

She previously worked in the System Intelligence and Analytics branch of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services developing indicators and measures for outcomes monitoring and exploring early investment approaches using linked administrative data.

Louise has a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Hons) majoring in  Geography and Sociology from the University of Waikato and a Master in Public Administration from the University of Melbourne.


Andrew Webber

Andrew is the Chief Economist of the Social Wellbeing Agency. He was previously the Chief Economist of the Ministry of Education, and has experience working as an economist throughout the New South Wales public sector.

Andrew aims to improve the evidence base for the social by identifying causal impacts and determining what works best. His current research interests include youth pathways and wellbeing, outcomes and experiences of disabled people, and how to best share data across the social system to ensure continuous improvement.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Management Studies (Hons) majoring in Economics and Finance from the University of Waikato and a Master of Economics from the University of New South Wales.


Dr Hinemoa Elder

Hinemoa (Te Aupōuri, Ngāti Kurī, Te Rarawa and Ngāpuhi) is mother to two adult children. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australia and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and is a consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist. She currently works at Starship Childrens’ Hospital, Mother and Baby/ Child and Family Units. 

Hinemoa is on the Board of The Helen Clark Foundation and is Patron of “Share My Super” a charity aimed at ending child poverty in Aotearoa.

Hinemoa received the NZ Order of Merit for services to Māori and Psychiatry in 2019.

Hinemoa is a staunch advocate for fostering efforts that bring forward Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga, the Māori language and cultural lore, in understanding the links between climate emergency, mental distress and ill health and to effect meaningful change.

She has a PhD (2012) and NZ Health Research Council Eru Pomare Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2014-18) researching traumatic brain injury and has developed a Māori specific measure “He Waka Kuaka” for the whole whānau (extended families) affected by brain injuries.  This resource is now used in rehabilitation services.

Hinemoa is a deputy psychiatrist member of the NZ Mental Health Review Tribunal. She was a member of the roundtable who contributed to the recently published NZ Defence Force Wellbeing Strategy

Hinemoa's best-selling book “Aroha: Māori wisdom for a contented life lived in harmony with our planet” was published in 2020 and is included in the Oprah Winfrey Book club.  Her new book “Wawata: Daily Māori wisdom guided by Hina, the Māori moon", was published in October 2022.

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