Investing in Services for Outcomes
The Ministry of Social Development wants to make the biggest possible difference in the lives of vulnerable New Zealanders. We’re committed to doing things differently; to understanding what our communities need, ensuring we’re investing in services that make the biggest difference and to supporting the social sector to be strong and vibrant. We’ll do this through Investing in Services for Outcomes.
Investing in Services for Outcomes is a way of working that supports the Ministry’s initiatives, like the Children’s Action Plan, Better Public Services and Social Sector Trials, designed to improve outcomes for children, families, whānau and communities.
Through Investing in Services for Outcomes we’ll introduce a streamlined and consistent contracting approach, we’ll support MSD-funded organisations to become stronger and more sustainable, we’ll work in ways that encourage collective impact and we’ll develop a cross-Ministry investment framework to guide our funding decisions.
For people accessing social services we hope changes made through Investing in Services for Outcomes will mean improved access to a suite of services that support long-term outcomes.
For MSD-funded organisations Investing in Services for Outcomes will provide:
- more clarity about what MSD is funding and how it makes funding decisions
- more stability through longer-term contracts and flexible funding approaches
- support for the social sector to work together better and more often.
All of this will support MSD-funded organisations to focus more on their core purpose of supporting people and communities, and less on managing and administering contracts.