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Date(s) - 30/10/2017
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Ministry of Social Development (MSD)


The Wellington Analytics Forum meeting of 2017 is locked and loaded.  Our theme Analytics in Government sees us return to looking at a range of ways that Analytics is being used in Government.

When: Monday 30th October 2017
Time:  5.00pm – 7.00pm. Talks will begin at 5.30pm with time for networking before and after.

Where: MSD, 56 The Terrace, Wellington

Our speakers are working on topics that are of importance to all New Zealanders, and we hope you will enjoy developing a more detailed understanding of how analytics is contributing to thinking about social and environmental challenges.

We are pleased to have SIA as a sponsor the event.

Our speakers: 

The Social Investment Approach: how we are using analytics by Emily Mason, General Manager, Engagement Team Social Investment Agency

Emily is passionate about bridging the gap between data science and policymaking to help those in the social sector identify ‘what works for whom, at what cost’. This focus is the result of 15 years’ experience in policy and analytics teams working to turn data into useful information for decision-making. Having worked in strategic and operational roles across central government, Emily is a thought leader in the use of data science to build a fairer and more evidence-based social sector. Emily has an MPP from Victoria University (VUW) and was awarded the Prime Minister’s Public Policy Prize (VUW) in 2004.


Analysis of E. coli data and definition of national swimming maps by Ton Snelder  – Senior Analyst, Water – Evidence, Policy Support Ministry for the Environment

Ton has 30 years of experience in water resources management and water resource engineering. Ton has wide expertise in land and freshwater management and specialist expertise in analysis of hydrology, ecology, and water quality data. Ton’s research interests include the development of spatial models and classifications of characteristics of rivers, lakes, and marine environments and their application to resource management. Ton makes use of various statistical methods including extensive use of machine learning methods.


Replacing the Decile System: Using Data Analytics to better target funding to improve
the outcomes of disadvantaged students
 by Damian Edwards, Associate Deputy Secretary, Education System Policy

Damian is currently an Associate Deputy Secretary at the Ministry of Education where he is leading the review of the early learning and schooling funding system, Social Investment, ECE, Maori and Treaty policy along with the Budget process. As part of the funding review, he has led the work on options to replace the Decile system.  Prior to this, he was the General Manager Investment Approach at the Ministry of Social Development where he led the work to introduce actuarial modelling and strategic investment thinking into MSD. He was previously the General Manager of Youth and Employment Policy at MSD. Damian is an economist and has worked across a range of different government agencies within Australia and New Zealand at different levels.


Please note: The event is free but requires a booking. Due to the limited number of seats available, we recommend that you book early and request that you make this unique opportunity a priority. If after booking you are unable to attend, please cancel your booking so that others can participate.


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