Building the evidence base about family and sexual violence – literature review and analysis


Ministry of Social Development



Project description

The Ministry of Social Development is building a durable research and evaluation infrastructure for family and sexual violence. Part of this work involves collating and synthesising existing evidence to answer questions such as:

  • What do evaluations of programmes to prevent and address family and sexual violence show about their effectiveness? What are the gaps where we don’t know as much about effectiveness?
  • What kinds of reporting indicators can we use to reliably measure effectiveness and reduce administrative load on service providers?
  • What short-term measures can reliably indicate longer-term behaviour trends among people who experience or are involved in family or sexual violence?
  • How do family violence and sexual violence overlap? What are the needs of those who experience different combinations of family and sexual violence?

The intern will take a lead role in completing a literature review and analysis on one of these or related topics, as well as supporting the team on related work.

Skills required

  • Experience with literature reviews is key (social science degree is ideal)
  • Quantitative and/or qualitative research experience
  • Design or communications background/interests, and/or an understanding of kaupapa Māori research are not required but could be advantageous
  • Able to drive project completion while being flexible to changing project requirements

Additional application information

If you would like to apply for this project, please include the following in your application:

  • An example of a literature review you have written (this can be as part of an assignment such as an essay or introduction section of a lab report)
  • A brief description of the research methods and analysis techniques you are familiar with.