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Source: New Zealand Ministry of Health


In 2015 the Ministry of Health contracted Massey University to undertake the evaluation of Healthy Families NZ. A previously published Summative Evaluation Report updated the findings of the national evaluation of Healthy Families NZ following the first three years of implementation of the initiative (from late 2014 to end of 2017).

This Interim Evaluation Report, prepared by Victoria Univeristy of Wellington, outlines the methods and tools that will be used for the second phase of implementation (2019-2022).

This report contains six sections:

  • Section 1: A description of the questions and approach for the current evaluation phase.
  • Section 2: A summary of the draft indicator sets.
  • Section 3: A Prevention Action Framework for understanding types of activities and potential change in the Aotearoa New Zealand prevention system.
  • Section 4: Qualitative indicators that we are currently developing, of factors that would show quality of implementation and indicate the prevention system had been strengthened.
  • Section 5: Quantitative indicators sourced from national surveys, to provide context for locations and to provide potential longer-term indication of change.
  • Section 6: A methodology for a value for money evaluation of the initiative using a cost-consequences approach.


Healthy Families NZ is a large-scale prevention initiative that focuses on creating healthy, more equitable communities – aiming to improve people’s health where they live, learn, work and play by taking a systems-change approach to preventing chronic disease. This systems-change approach aligns to international evidence that shows systems -based approaches are becoming increasingly common as the evidence of the need for explicit ‘whole system’ responses to these challenges is becoming clearer.

Healthy Families NZ is in nine locations in areas with higher-than-average rates of preventable chronic diseases, higher-than-average rates of risk factors for these diseases, and/or high levels of deprivation. The nine locations are spread throughout Aotearoa in a mix of urban and rural areas, with the potential to reach over one mission New Zealanders.