Jo Esplin

Principal

P: +64 27 233 4010

E: jesplin@thinkSapere.com

Jo specialises in service reviews for improvement, design and service planning across the wider social services sector particularly in health, disability and the NGO sectors. She has a strong background with community services, social services as well as disability supports. She has extensive knowledge of policy, funder and service provision working across all levels at any one time. Key areas of process and technical expertise include service and organisational level strategic planning, facilitation and managing strong inclusive stakeholder processes. She also specialises in bringing complex or sensitive issues into a planning framework.

Jo holds a Master of Business Administration from Otago University and a Dip Teaching (Early Childhood).

My publications

Sapere Research Group was engaged by the National Child Cancer Network to test the basic assumptions underlying a proposal for the development of a network of counselling providers. This included assessing overall support for the proposal alongside an exploration of what is currently in place and any gaps that might exist, or how services and ...

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Carers New Zealand and the NZ Carers Alliance commissioned this discussion paper relating to payment of family carers for the support they provide, including Funded Family Care (FFC) and other payments and policies, to a family member requiring assistance due to an injury, disability, chronic condition or illness, or in old age. This issue is ...

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Sapere undertook a rapid literature scan for the Ministry of Health, presenting a high-level overview of the available recent evidence in relation to interventions for sudden unexplained death of an infant (SUDI). It includes a focus on reaching vulnerable, or harder to reach people and families, in the New Zealand context. This review should be ...

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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 Sapere’s presentation of the findings of our work to support the development of a National Safe Sleep Programme. It should be read in conjunction with the literature review we undertook, and the report from the hui we held. Both documents can be read on our website. ...

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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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Jo Esplin evaluated Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) services in New Zealand for the Ministries of Health and Education. This was to identify best practice in management of APD in children, particularly the provision of hearing devices. Findings included that there is no consensus for assessment or management of APD. The two Ministries plan to establish ...

Sapere was commissioned by the Ministry of Health to undertake an independent review of the system of third party accreditation of Designated Auditing Agencies of aged residential care providers who are subject to the certification requirements of the Health and Disability Services (Safety) Act 2001. The purpose of the review was to assess the effectiveness ...

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Continence NZ contracted Sapere to undertake an independent analysis of the current state of continence services in District Health Boards (DHBs) in New Zealand. The purpose is to profile what is currently happening for service delivery against known good practice and then to make comment on that for the future for New Zealand. The methodology ...

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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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As part of our work to support the development of a National Safe Sleep Programme, Sapere ran five hui. The purpose of the hui was to gain expert and local knowledge of what works well and what people believe is a way forward for the future. This report should be read in conjunction with the ...

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In 2014, Sapere was commissioned by ACC to provide background for informed discussion about the use of alliance contract approaches for ACC funded services.  On the basis of documentation, interviews and personal experience, it presents the background and recent experience of alliance contracting in the New Zealand health sector. ...

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