Gary Blick

Principal

P: +64 9 909 5810

E: gblick@thinkSapere.com

Gary specialises in applying economic reasoning to complex issues in policy, organisation strategy and business process improvement. As a consultant, he has advised on topics in health care, international aid, resource management, the housing market, banking sector remuneration, internet use, and public finance.

Gary combines skills in finance, economics and statistics with interviews and workshop facilitation. He is experienced in cost-benefit analysis, regulatory impact assessments, business case development and post-implementation evaluations.

Gary has held roles at the Treasury, the Ministry of Health and Statistics New Zealand. He holds a BCA (Economics) from Victoria University and a BA (Hons) from Otago.

My publications

The Safe Surgery NZ Programme is the latest evolution of a long standing programme aimed at reducing perioperative harm. Reducing perioperative harm has been one of the Health Quality & Safety Commission’s quality improvement programmes since 2012. In 2015 the Programme changed its name from Reducing Perioperative Harm to Safe Surgery NZ. The Programme, originally ...

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This interim report, prepared for the Health Quality & Safety Commission, evaluates the Safe Surgery NZ programme to review the effectiveness or success of the Commission’s programme against its aims. In order to inform the future of the programme, it checks whether the programme provides value-for-money, realises its intended benefits, and whether it is a ...

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Sapere Research Group was engaged by the Health Quality & Safety Commission to undertake an evaluation of the Surgical Site Infection Improvement Programme. The purpose of this interim, formative report is to identify key insights and learnings, primarily from review of documentation and stakeholder interviews, to help shape the design and planning of the next ...

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Sapere was engaged by ACC on behalf of the three funders of SAATS (ACC, the Ministry of Health and New Zealand Police) to undertake a review of the current delivery and sustainability of SAATS. The review also considered the role and sustainability of the Doctors for Sexual Abuse Care (DSAC) organisation and a proposed new ...

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This is the third and final conclusion and recommendation paper in the independent review of the framework for Disability Information and Advisory Services (DIAS) and Needs Assessment and Service Coordination (NASC) for Disability Support Services (DSS) of the Ministry of Health (the Ministry). The purpose of the first paper was to highlight the current state ...

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Gary Blick, Joanna Smith and Julie Artus from Sapere Research Group were engaged by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFAT) to undertake an independent evaluation of the Institutional Linkage Programme between the Samoan National Health Service and Counties Manukau District Health Board, that was funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The purpose ...

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The New Zealand Medical Treatment Scheme (NZMTS) aims to assist Pacific island countries to provide their citizens with access to specialised medical treatment. This evaluation, by Sapere Principals Gary Blick and Joanna Smith, looked at the performance of the NZMTS over the period 2011/12 to 2013/14. ...

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Gary Blick, Preston Davies, Kieran Murray and Michael Ryan were commissioned to analyse the potential economic benefits of ultra-fast broadband to New Zealand. Our report utilised firm-level data from official surveys to assess the potential gains in labour productivity as a result of the faster speeds associated with a fibre connection. We then translated those ...

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This report looks at the value of Internet services for firms outside the ICT sector. It is well known that the overall economic impact of the use of ICT by firms, e.g., use of online ordering in retail, is much more significant than the impact of ICT production, e.g., growth in jobs in the tech ...

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This paper outlines some general principles about fairness in resource allocation, summarises some issues with the present funding system for primary health care in New Zealand, and identifies a number of issues which should be addressed in future reviews of primary health care funding mechanisms. ...

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Gary Blick was asked to assist the New Zealand Treasury to develop a brief guide, Fiscal Indicators and the Financial Statements. The guide describes the key components of the Government financial statements, such as the Statement of Financial Performance, Statement of Financial Position and Statement of Cash Flows. It explains the headline indicators most commonly ...

Gary Blick, Senior Managing Economist of Sapere and Martin Hefford undertook a cost benefit analysis of the WHO surgical safety checklist for the Health Quality & Safety Commission. The report concludes there is scope to make more consistent use of the surgical safety checklist within the New Zealand health system and that the cost of ...

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David Moore and Gary Blick were asked by the Health Quality & Safety Commission to evaluate the implementation and impacts of two service quality improvement programmes in public hospitals in New Zealand. They partnered with two experts from Nottingham with experience of the Productive Ward and the Productive Operating Theatre within the NHS. The evaluation ...

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Gary Blick and Corina Comendant were commissioned by the Sustainable Business Network to provide a view on the potential economic benefits of a circular economy for Auckland. Simply put, a circular economy involves keeping resources and products in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while in use, and then ...

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The Health Quality & Safety Commission engaged Sapere to undertake an evaluation of the Surgical Site Infection Improvement Programme. The overall aim of the evaluation is to assess the effectiveness of the programme against the purpose and objectives articulated over time since the SSII programme was established formally in 2012. In this final evaluation report, we ...

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