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Media StatementTreasury Studies How to Improve Well-Being of Children

11 December 2002

John Whitehead
Acting Secretary to the Treasury

Treasury has released a study it has undertaken into the well-being of children.

"The motivation for this study was to improve the Treasury's ability to advise the Government on how to get maximum benefit from the money the Government spends on its social policies", Acting Treasury Secretary John Whitehead said.

The study, Investing in Children's Well-being: An Analytical Framework, has been published as part of Treasury's Working Paper series. Like all Treasury Working Papers, this study is not advice to the Government. The intent is to stimulate debate on what works when it comes to improving well-being.

The Working Paper is the first part of a wider project called The Journey. The Journey project aims to improve Treasury's understanding of what determines well-being.

A summary of the Paper is attached.

This first Working Paper examines New Zealand and international evidence, with the aim of developing ways of thinking about social policy options. This paper will be followed by separate projects that will focus on a small number of outcomes that can crucially affect well-being in later life. The aim is to identify high priorities areas on which the government can spend money to improve people's lives.

The study was undertaken by Treasury staff, with review by leading academics from New Zealand, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The Working Paper can be downloaded from the Treasury's Website at: [].

Treasury will be conducting a media briefing on the Working Paper prior to its release. The briefing will take place at 1.00 PM on Monday 9 December 2002 on the 14th Floor of No1 The Terrace. Embargoed copies of the Working Paper will be available at the briefing.


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