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Individual Client Level Data (ICLD) 2017

View the full document here Individual Client Level Data (ICLD).  A proposal to build a robust evidence based learning system for social investment. (March 2017) MSD has advised that from July 2017 provider contracts will include the requirement to gather and share identifiable data about clients (ICLD) accessing services as a condition of funding. ComVoices members have engaged constructively with …

ComVoices calls for pause on Government demand for personal information

From July 2017 Community Organisations provider contracts with Government are to include the requirement to gather and share identifiable data about clients accessing services. ComVoices Chair, Brenda Pilott says: “We think that the Ministry for Social Development (MSD) is on the wrong track and our members are worried that the MInistry is pressing ahead with this work when so many …

The holes are getting bigger in the safety net provided by the Community Sector

View the full document here “The second ComVoices State of the Sector Survey of the Community Sector shows that stresses on our organisations are increasing” says Scott Miller, Chair of ComVoices. “We are facing greater demand for our services, are dealing with greater complexity with less funding from government, and have a greater reliance on alternative funding sources to support …

Individual Client Level Data (ICLD) Paper

Go here to view this paper. This Issues Paper has been developed to summarise the key issues for the community sector as the basis for engagement with MSD and, potentially, other government agencies.  We are aiming to reach an agreed data collection system that meets MSD’s needs for information, is ethically appropriate for the service users, complies with Privacy Act considerations …

State of the Sector Survey Snapshot

Go here for a one page summary View Sector Survey snapshot View Media Release This is the second in a continuing series of Snapshot Surveys conducted  by ComVoices.  The first was in 2014. The survey is called a ‘snapshot’ because it is designed to give an understanding of the NGO sector at a given time.  The results corroborate other sector research and help us …

Parliamentary Breakfast

Parliamentary Breakfast – Shreya Basu, Open Government Partnership Regional Civil Society coordinator for Asia Pacific Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central hosted this parliamentary breakfast for guest speaker Shreya Basu. Her topic was NZ and the Open Government Partnership – what should you know, and why should you care?  More than 80 people attended the event which was generously sponsored …

Communities Count 2: ComVoices 2014 Pre-Election Briefing

Go here for a one page summary. Full report here. This is the second in a continuing series of pre-election briefings by ComVoices.  The first was in 2011. The briefing summarises key community sector issues and suggests possible solutions to political parties, politicians, Ministers, key influencers and the sector itself. The key areas of focus for the 2014 General Election …

State of the Sector Survey Snapshot 2014

Go here for a one page summary. Full report here. This was the first State of the Sector Survey Snapshots.   It was developed because in the lead up to the 2014 General Election, ComVoices had consistently received feedback from community organisations that were finding it increasingly difficult to make ends meet. The survey of more than 300 community organisations showed …