“At the moment there is little evidence of the effectiveness, or not, of funding in this sector, because up until now most contracts have focused on the numbers of clients receiving services, rather than the effect that the service has on improving the lives of vulnerable people.She wasn't mounting an argument for social bonds but her admission allows me to.
Those opposing social bonds are missing this reality.
When it comes to social services, existing results are often abysmal. Performance is all about ticking boxes and the feel good factor.
I sympathize with those social workers who put in genuine and grinding effort yet can't demonstrate a real change. But within the current model, they keep their jobs.
Their salary is a debit to the taxpayer despite "little evidence of effectiveness" as the Minister puts it.
If the private sector could be persuaded to underwrite a programme with the promise of real results-based change, and a commensurate dividend, what is lost?
My only misgiving is that this is New Zealand.
A country that can't persuade people to invest in the stock exchange or business (because they are wedded to property investment) hasn't much chance of using social bonds as a regular way of funding the amelioration of social woes.