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New research reports on accountability and learning systems

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Commissioned for the Fair Chance for All inquiry

17 March 2023

As part of our inquiry process, we commission a range of reports from external consultants and experts to inform our thinking.  This enables us to benefit from the cross-fertilisation of ideas and insights, ensuring our work makes a difference to lift the productivity of Aotearoa New Zealand to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders. 

For the Fair Chance for All inquiry, we commissioned two reports that look in more detail at two topics we examined in our interim report: 

  • Re-focusing public accountability settings to activate a wellbeing approach; and 
  • Enabling system learning and improvement through monitoring and evaluation. 


New Zealand Institute of Economic Research (NZIER) report to the New Zealand Productivity Commission 

This report was prepared by Peter Wilson and Julie Fry. The report looks at the economics of accountability and how the system of public accountability in Aotearoa New Zealand can contribute to increasing the productivity and effectiveness of our social assistance system.  

A learning system for addressing persistent disadvantage - FrankAdvice 

We engaged FrankAdvice to prepare a report setting out potential features of a learning system. We intend to use this work to inform the findings and recommendations related to a stronger public management learning system.  

You can find both of these reports on our website, along with more information about our A Fair Chance for All – Breaking the cycle of persistent disadvantage inquiry.