IPANZ Auckland Event: Data, Evidence and The Public Discourse
We are bombarded by market data, whereas social data is less visible in the public sphere. It is of course the
interpretation of data which lends it any meaning or value so it is often the analysts and commentators which shape
public opinion and even the wider public discourse.
This presentation challenges this state of affairs by considering the role of The Salvation Army's State of the Nation
reports. These reports have been published each February since 2008 and are designed to offer a commentary on New
Zealand's social progress which is readily accessible to an interested media and public.
This commentary is a deliberate attempt to re-frame the policy debate in an effort to shift public discourse. The
presentation will consider this contest for the public discourse and the role which policy analysts and commentators
play in this.
About the Presenter: Alan Johnson
Alan Johnson is a senior social policy analyst with The Salvation Army's Social Policy & Parliamentary Unit. The Unit is entirely funded by The Salvation Army and is based in its community ministry in South
Auckland. The Unit's main purpose is to serve part of the Army's mission to eradicate poverty in Aotearoa and it does
this through a deliberate focus on social justice within public policy.
Alan is the author of the Army's annual State of the Nation reports and undertakes social research and analysis across a
range of topics including housing, children's wellbeing, work and employment, crime and punishment and social hazards.
He has previously worked in policy roles in local government, as a lecturer and in NGO management roles. Alan has an
academic background in town planning and economics.
Venue: Russell McVeagh, L30, Vero Centre
48 Shortland Street, Auckland
Date: 25 May 2017
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm