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Guest lecture

Social Investment: The New Black

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It is 18 months since the Social Investment Unit was created. A great deal has happened in those 18 months to advance a social investment approach: New Zealand is the first jurisdiction in the world to have a Minister responsible for Social Investment, there is now a social investment track - Track 1 - in the Budget process, a new Children’s agency (Oranga Tamariki) which has established on social investment principles is about to be launched, there have been four data hui to encourage greater understanding and use of data,  and new institutional arrangements are being considered to fully embed a social investment approach in the public sector.

Dorothy Adams, Lead, Social Investment Unit will talk about the social investment 'movement' she has seen emerge and what she has learned in the 18 months she’s been in role.

About Dorothy Adams

Dorothy has headed the SIU since it was established in July 2015. Before taking up this role she was GM Insights, Ministry of Social Development (MSD), responsible for leading their data, analytics and evidence hub.

Prior to joining the Ministry in 2008, Dorothy worked in local government for 10 years specialising in policy and governance, with her most recent role being Manager, Strategic Development at Hutt City Council. Dorothy has also held senior roles in the Department of Labour, NZ Employment Service and was an advisor to the Minister of Employment.

Dorothy has a Master of Public Administration from Monash University and an LLB from Victoria University of Wellington. She is an Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Wellington.

Note: Papers, presentation slides and any other material provided by the Guest Lecturer will be made available some time after the lecture at Publications > Media & Speeches > Guest Lectures by Visiting Academics.

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Last updated: 
Monday, 29 May 2017