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Parliamentary Breakfast Registration Form

Event Date: 7.15am to 8.30am on Thursday 11 May 2017 Grand Hall, Parliament Buildings, Molesworth St, Wellington Hon Alfred Ngaro Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector Invites you to a cross parliamentary event to hear Dr Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS – the World Alliance for Citizen Participation Speaking on Citizen Participation in a Rapidly …

MSD IT Enquiry Not Enough

The announcement of an enquiry into the privacy failure of MSD’s online reporting platform for community organisations required to provide individual client data (ICLD) addresses only one of the Privacy Commissioner’s four recommendations, says ComVoices. “The just announced enquiry is deflecting us from the real question”, said Trevor McGlinchey, ComVoices Spokesperson.  “The question at the heart of the enquiry should …

NGOs Disappointed in the Minister’s Response to Privacy Report

“While there is some relief that after the failure of MSD’s private data portal, Minister Tolley has put the reporting of clients’ private data on hold for a few months, NGOs are very frustrated with the Minister’s response to the Privacy Commissioner’s report on the collection of individual Client Data”, said Trevor McGlinchey, ComVoices Spokesperson. “The determination to push ahead …

Privacy Commissioner’s Report Welcomed by Social Service Organisations

“ComVoices welcomes the Privacy Commissioner’s report on Individual Client Level Data and endorses the recommendations, particularly the preferred option that MSD should consider alternative methods for accomplishing its goals”, said Trevor McGlinchey, ComVoices Spokesperson. “These recommendations are directly in line with the advice provided by ComVoices members to MSD and to Minister Tolley”. “It is very important the families and …

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 …