We are an experienced team undertaking quantitative social science research of international standing and with policy relevance.

We offer courses in social science research methods through the New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN) in Wellington and Auckland.

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Meet our team of experienced researchers and our advisory board.


We publish journal articles, technical reports and other publications related to our research.

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View our past and current projects that use whole population data to understand health and social functioning.

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Explore projects that use simulation to model population changes over time.

Microsimulation projects

We administer surveys for the International Social Survey Programme, the New Zealand Election Study and others.

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Learn more about current and completed social research projects at COMPASS.

Our social projects

We host weekly seminars with guest speakers on topics in the social sciences and statistics.

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Learn more about our annual research showcase at Statistics New Zealand in Wellington to the government, academic, and broader research community.

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We host various events, workshops and lectures on topics in the social sciences and statistics.

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Discover all the research studies and programmes done by COMPASS.

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Find links to other centres, organisations, and resources within our research community.

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COMPASS works on a number of externally-funded research grants, from the following bodies.

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