Publications

New Zealand’s high speed research network: at a critical juncture

Sapere was commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to review New Zealand’s Research and Education Network’s (REANNZ) current role in enabling high impact research as a specialist connectivity service. We find that there is value in having a specialist network for the New Zealand research and education system. However, this value is not

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Current land based farming systems research and future challenges

Sapere was engaged by the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment to investigate global mega trends likely to affect the future of food and farming, and the implications for New Zealand’s science and innovation system. MBIE wanted to better understand the role of science and innovation in responding to potentially disruptive and transformative changes in

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Corporate governance in the transition to a low-carbon economy

In this article, first published in the February/March 2019 edition of the Institute of Directors’ BoardRoom magazine, Sapere Director Toby Stevenson discusses how the transition to a low-carbon economy will change the workplace as a result of firms being forced to adapt their competitive position. Business leaders must approach this issue as any other strategic

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The Problem of Chronic Pain and Scope for Improvements in Patient Outcomes

Sapere was commissioned Faculty of Pain Medicine of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists to investigate the cost of chronic pain to New Zealand. Our report finds that chronic pain costs more than diabetes or dementia yet there is no comprehensive plan to address it. Our research also finds that one in five

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An exploration of locational marginal pricing at the distribution level in the New Zealand context

Sapere Research Group was commissioned by the Electricity Authority to assist its thinking on distribution pricing. They were interested in finding out if distribution locational marginal pricing was possible now, and what was required to support its implementation, both practically and from a regulatory perspective. We found that there are a range of implementation and

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Targeted Engagement on Family Funded Care and Paid Family Care

Sapere Research Group was engaged by the Ministry of Health to summarise the views from families and care organisations on options to improve Funded Family Care. The report includes themes emerging as priorities from targeted stakeholder engagement (meetings and an e-survey) on the Ministry of Health’s Funded Family Care (FFC) policy and District Health Boards

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Interim Report Two: Evaluation of the Adult Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative

This is the second Interim report of the Evaluation of the Adult Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative, and follows the first Interim report. The final report is due in early 2019. The objective of this evaluation is to provide an understanding of the efficiency and effectiveness of the initiative.

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Interim Report One: Evaluation of the Cancer Psychological and Social Support Initiative

Sapere Research Group was engaged by the Ministry of Health to evaluate and assess the Cancer Psychological Social Support Initiative, and to determine whether the service objectives were being met. This interim report is focused on the process evaluation component, in particular the roll-out and implementation of the initiative.

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Electricity Sector Review 2018

In this report, prepared for the BusinessNZ Energy Council, we consider whether the electricity sector is meeting five enduring public policy objectives that seem enduring for policymakers across countries and time. We consider whether the objective is being achieved today and whether it is likely to be achieved given emerging influences. The five policy objectives

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Evaluation of the surgical site infection improvement programme: Final (summative) report

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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