The Investment Approach is a bold new inter-agency initiative that is using data and evidence to support crime prevention. It’s purpose is to boost crime prevention, and reduce harm from crime, in New Zealand communities. By providing organisations involved in crime prevention with high-quality analysis and research, the Investment Approach will help them to make the biggest difference.
The analysis and research will focus on understanding which people and places we can expect to be involved in crime in the future and inform justice sector decision makers which approaches would be most effective at preventing these crimes.
The Investment Approach is part of a wider government initiative to improve the lives of New Zealanders and increase government efficiency through providing joined-up services across agencies, rather than each agency providing isolated services.
The Investment Approach to Justice is a cross-sector programme of work that is managed through sector group at the Ministry of Justice but cannot be delivered by one agency alone. Other agencies involved include:
Connection to Social Investment & Investment Approach to Welfare
The Investment Approach to Justice is part of a broader Government initiative called Social Investment.
Social Investment is about improving the lives of New Zealanders by applying rigorous and evidence-based investment practices to social services. The Investment Approach is part of this broader initiative.
An important part of social investment is providing services to people that meet the full range of their needs, rather than providing isolated services from within agencies.
The Investment Approach to Justice will sit alongside other work elsewhere to provide a full picture about which people and places we can expect to be involved in crime in the future, as well as other adverse social outcomes such as unemployment, accident and injury, neglect and abuse of children, and ill health.
The Social Investment Unit has been established by the Minister of Finance to lead social investment and is closely involved in the Investment Approach to Justice.