News and events

October 13 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Jemaima Tiatia-Seath entitled Suicide postvention: Support for Pacific communities. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

October 6 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Associate Professor Gail Pacheco entitled Decomposing the temporary-permanent wage gap in New Zealand. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

September 29 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Professor Rod Jackson entitled VIEW 2020 – a programme of vascular risk prediction and risk management research. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

September 22 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Marama Muru-Lanning entitled Intergenerational investments or selling ancestors? - Māori perspectives of privatising electricity generating assets. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

September 15 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Victoria Cockle entitled “Gold standard” versus research in practice: Practical examples from educational research. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

September 8 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Lara Greaves entitled The question of sexual orientation. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

September 1 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Niki Harré entitled The university as an infinite game. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

August 25 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Michael O’Sullivan entitled Data-driven evaluation of policy initiatives. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

August 18 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Cameron McLean and Matthew Moore entitled Practical data publishing and discovery for the social sciences. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

August 11 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Professor Gordon Cheung entitled Beyond measurement artifacts: Integrating measurement equivalence with theory development in cross-cultural research. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

August 4 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Barry Milne entitled A Knowledge Laboratory of the early life-course. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

July 28 2016. Thursday 4-5pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Andrew Sporle entitled Data, development and sovereignty. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

June 3 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Barry Milne entitled The Integrated Data Infrastructure: New Zealand’s bold data experiment. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

May 27 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Daniel Exeter entitled Introducing Lower Zones for analysing neighbourhood patterns of health and social outcomes across New Zealand. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

May 20 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Melissa Wong entitled Child poverty and wellbeing in Australia. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

May 13 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Prof Gavin Brown entitled Socio-demographic differences in the impact of beliefs upon achievement - Non-invariance by sex, age, and ethnicity in conceptions of assessment upon achievement. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

May 6 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Matthias Schonlau entitled Improving the accuracy of automated occupation coding. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow

April 29 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Janine Paynter entitled Impact of the MeNZB™ vaccine on gonorrhoea. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

April 22 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Dr Mat Walton entitled Using complexity theory in policy work: more than a model but less than a revolution. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

April 15 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Grace Gordon and Dr Alice Mills entitled Homes for ex-prisoners: Housing provision and support after release in New Zealand. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

April 8 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Assoc Prof James Oleson entitled Criminal genius: How we know what little we know about high-IQ crime. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

April 1 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s Seminar Series continues with a presentation by Tom Robinson entitled Evaluating the outcomes of health services when you can't do an experiment - how about a quasi-experiment?. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

March 24 2016. Thursday night. Dr Barry Milne is interviewed by CCTV for an item on the aftermath of the flag referenda. Watch here.

March 18 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s First Semester Seminar Series 2016 continues with a presentation by Dr Theresa Fleming and Associate Professor Simon Denny, entitled Using data from Youth2000 to inform clinicians, research and policy. All welcome. Drinks and nibbles to follow.

March 11 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS’s First Semester Seminar Series 2016 continues with a presentation by Liza Bolton entitled Socioeconomic status and all-cause mortality: Testing life course hypotheses in New Zealand. All welcome.

March 4 2016. Friday 3-4pm. COMPASS is holding its First Semester Seminar Series 2016 taking place each week from March 4 to June 3. The first seminar is presented by Dr Martin Spielauer, and is entitled Dynamic microsimulation of programs and investments to reduce poverty and support development. All welcome.

December 2015. Dr Barry Milne publishes an article on the NZ flag issue: Who wants to change the flag? Results of a national representative survey.

December 2015. We wish one and all, especially those who have worked with us in 2015, a Happy Christmas and New Year.

12 December 2015. Dr Barry Milne is interviewed by CCTV for an item on "Will New Zealand get a new flag?" Watch here.

November 2015 - February 2016. COMPASS is hosting three Summer Scholars this year: David Chan and Katy Fahey from the Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science; and Clark Tipene from Sociology, School of Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts.

18 November 2015. Our “Modelling the Early life-course” (MELC) project has had two articles published by first authors Barry Milne and Jessica McLay respectively in the International Journal of Microsimulation.

9-18 November. COMPASS is running NZ Social Statistics Network (NZSSN) Short Courses. It’s still not too late to enrol, visit their website

23 October 2015. Dr Barry Milne is interviewed by NZ Herald in an item entitled ‘New flag survey shows solid majority reject change’. This news was also picked up by the New York Times.

Tuesday 13 October 2015. Dr Nichola Shackleton talks with Paul Henry about obesity and the socio-economic cost of Kiwi kids becoming obese. Listen here.

Monday 19 October 2015 4–5pm. The final event in the COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 is a presentation by Professor Peter Boxall entitled Which workers are more vulnerable to work intensification? An analysis of two national surveys. All welcome.

Monday 12 October 2015 4–5pm. Next in the COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 is a presentation by Dr Nichola Shackleton entitled Is there really a link between low parental income and childhood obesity? All welcome.

Monday 5 October 2015 4–5pm. Next in the COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 is a presentation by Professor Mark Gahegan entitled Research data: Preserve, share, reuse, publish or perish. All welcome.

Monday 28 September 2015 4-5pm. Next in the COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 is a presentation by Professor Cindy Kiro and the Starpath research team entitled Navigating the Starpath: Student Achievement and Equity in Secondary Schools in Tamaki and Tai Tokerau. All welcome.

21 September 2015. COMPASS is pleased to welcome our new research fellow, Dr Nichola Shackleton, who joins us from the Institute of Child Health, University College London.

10 September 2015. British Sociology Association Medical Sociology Conference, York. Peter Davis gave a presentation on Does the 'Spirit Level' hypothesis meet the causal test?

Monday 21 September 2015, 4-5pm. Next in the COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 is a presentation by Roy Lay-Yee entitled A knowledge laboratory of the early life course. All welcome.

Monday 14 September 2015 4-5pm. Next in the COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 is a presentation by Dr Maria Armoudian and Dr Barry Milne entitled Media blame and political violence in Northern Ireland 1994-1998. All welcome.

Monday 24 August 2015 4-5pm. Next in the COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 is a presentation by Martin von Randow entitled Contribution to the accessibility of quantitative skills. All welcome.

Monday 17 August 2015 4-5pm. The COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 continues with a presentation by Liza Bolton entitled Explaining the low income return for education among Asian New Zealanders. All welcome.

Monday 10 August 2015 4-5pm. The COMPASS Spring Seminar Series 2015 continues with a presentation by Dr Barry Milne entitled Life-course predictors of mortality inequalities. All welcome.

3 August 2015. The COMPASS ‘social laboratory’: A knowledge-based inquiry system.

29 July 2015. COMPASS will be holding its annual Colloquium: “Evaluating policy-relevant questions using existing data” in Wellington, hosted by Statistics New Zealand. Registration now open, email Barry Milne. Free and all welcome.

March 2015. COMPASS is co-hosting a Distinguished Visitor, Prof Chris Bonell, who is Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Institute of Education, University College London. He will present on Combining qualitative and quantitative results in systematic reviews.

17-20 February 2015. Te Punaha Matatini, The Centre for Complex Systems and Networks, was launched this week.

February 2015. COMPASS is pleased to host Dr Martin Spielauer, a senior researcher from Statistics Canada who is an expert on microsimulation and a project collaborator. He will present on Education and labour force participation of Aboriginal peoples in Canada.

February 2015. Roy Lay-Yee is an invited guest speaker at 'Workshop on dynamic microsimulation models in Asia-Pacific Region', Tokyo.

January 2015. In press: Lay-Yee R, Cotterell G. The role of microsimulation in the development of public policy -  in ‘Policy practice and digital science: integrating complex systems, social simulation and public administration in policy research’, Springer Science, Public Administration and Information Technology series, edited by Christopher G. Reddick.

January 2015. In press: Lay-Yee R, Milne B, Davis P, Pearson J, McLay J. Determinants and disparities: A simulation approach to the case of child health care. Social Science and Medicine.

December 2014. We wish one and all  especially those who have worked with us in 2014  a Happy Christmas and New Year.

11 December 2014. Applied Statistics and Public Policy Analysis Conference, Wagga Wagga. Peter Davis was an invited keynote speaker on the topic 'Advancing public policy: An agenda for applied statistics and the Social Sciences'.

December 7-10, 2014.  ACSPRI Conference, Sydney. COMPASS will be giving presentations, convening sessions, and running a workshop at this conference on social science methodology.

November 2014. Professor Peter Davis has been awarded a James Cook Fellowship for his project entitled 'New Zealand as a social laboratory'.

November 2014 - February 2015. COMPASS is hosting three Summer Scholars this year: Rahul Singhal and Chris Liu from the Department of Statistics, Faculty of Science; and Lucy Cowie from Psychology, Faculty of Arts.

November 2014. COMPASS will be running the New Zealand Social Statistics Networks Short course in research methods in Wellington. For more information on the proposed course please go to the New Zealand Social Statistics Network or email courses@nzssn.org.nz.

October 2014. Dr Gerard Cotterell has been awarded a Marsden Fund grant for his project entitled 'Understanding corporate welfare in an age of austerity'.

October 2014. COMPASS staff Barry Milne and Jessica Thomas will be presenting at the International Methodology Symposium, Statistics Canada, Ottawa.

September 2014. COMPASS staff Roy Lay-Yee presented at the New Zealand Association of Gerontology Conference, Dunedin.

September 2014. COMPASS is undertaking the 2014 New Zealand Election Survey.

August 2014. In press: Milne B, Parker K, McLay J, von Randow M, Lay-Yee R, Hider P, Cumming J, Davis P. Improving access to primary health care has not reduced ambulatory sensitive hospitalisations in New Zealand 2001-2009. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management.

July 10, 2014. COMPASS successfully held its annual Colloquium - Research in Policy and Methods at COMPASS - in Wellington, hosted by Statistics New Zealand.

June 2014. COMPASS staff were successful in obtaining funding for 3 years from HRC in the 2014 Round. The project is entitled 'Life-course predictors of mortality inequalities'.

May 2014. COMPASS is a partner in the approved CORE: Te Punaha Matatini. The Centre for Complex Systems and Networks.

January 2014. Newly published. Milne BJ, Lay-Yee R, Thomas J, Tobias M, Tuohy P, Armstrong A, Lynn R, Davis P, Pearson J, Mannion O. A collaborative approach to bridging the research-policy gap through the development of policy advice software. Evidence & Policy, 2014, 10(1), 127-136.

COMPASS staff were successful in obtaining funding for 3 years from MBIE in the 2013 Science Investment Round’s Health and Society Research Fund. The project is titled “Developing a knowledge laboratory of the early life-course using systematic reviews and meta analyses” Further information will be available on the COMPASS website shortly.