About Counterbalance Analytics

High quality evidence for informing decisions

Counterbalance Analytics is a New Zealand-based consultancy providing statistical research and evaluation services for clients in the public, private, and academic sectors.

How Counterbalance can help

Counterbalance Analytics can work with you to:

  • generate insights from quantitative data using a range of statistical modelling and econometric techniques
  • carry out research and evaluation using the Stats NZ Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI)
  • design and implement data collection and analysis strategies to support research, evaluation, and reporting
  • review literature and metadata
  • communicate findings from complex analytical work, including interactive dashboards and plain-English reporting to Ministers, stakeholder groups, policy teams, and the public.

Counterbalance is a sole proprietorship, owned and operated by Dr Andrea Knox. Dr Knox is an approved IDI/Stats NZ data lab researcher and Counterbalance is a tier 3 provider on the All-of-Government Policy, Research, and Development Consultancy Services panel.

Sample Projects

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Measuring equity of access to accident compensation

While New Zealand’s Accident Compensation Scheme provides comprehensive no-fault injury compensation, there is evidence for disparities in access: some groups of people are less likely to lodge a claim for compensation when they’re injured. Measuring this disparity is challenging due to a dearth of data and the many factors that influence claim rates. I provided …

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IDI-based research on the health effects of damp, cold homes

Analysed the associations between damp, cold homes and the health of occupants using nationally representative survey datasets and linked data in the Stats NZ Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI). This work used propensity score matching to estimate health effects while controlling for other factors, such as poverty, which can complicate such analysis. Year: 2022

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Modelled Territorial Authority GDP estimates

Data analysis and modelling to create MBIE’s 2020 and 2021 modelled territorial authority GDP estimates, followed by reporting on the key insights for local economies. Years: 2020-2021

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Establishment of data systems and data team leadership for KnowYourStuffNZ

Set up and ran data collection, analysis and reporting functions for KnowYourStuffNZ: a grass-roots community organisation that provides drug-related harm reduction services across Aotearoa. Established and led KnowYourStuffNZ’s data team from 2020 to 2022. The data team’s work has enabled quality assurance, continuous improvement, and accountability. It has also been a crucial contributor to KnowYourStuff’s …

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