December 11, 2013 • Leave a comment
Written by Penelope Rush1
Happy people are more likely to be healthy, productive, and socially connected. These benefits flow to their families, workplaces and communities, to the advantage of all.
The second edition of the World Happiness Report, released by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), also shows that subjective well-being (measured by a variety of methods according to individual country data) has an impact across a broad range of behavioural traits and life outcomes.
Described as a contribution to the debate about the objectives of public policy…
December 9, 2013 • Leave a comment
This CFCA webinar presented a guaranteed, easy-to-understand “nuts and bolts” overview of evaluation, based on the recently released CFCA evaluation resources, and described how evaluation links to program implementation and innovation.
The webinar was held on 9 December 2013, and was presented by Elly Robinson, Manager of the CFCA information exchange.
This forum can be used to post questions or comments, and to engage in discussion of the issues raised during the webinar. Follow-up questions on evaluation will be answered by CFCA researchers – please submit questions in the comments field below…
December 9, 2013 • Leave a comment
A promising model for capacity-building partnerships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services and on-Indigenous services
Written by Secratariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) staff
A ground-breaking approach to building capacity for Aboriginal child and family service delivery is emerging in New South Wales. A partnership model is supporting two-way learning between mainstream non-government organisations (NGOs) and Aboriginal communities.
This model has a strong capacity-building focus. It is opening up new space for the empowerment of Aboriginal communities to effect unique and quality service responses to the significant challenges facing their children and families.
The partnership model has been designed and spearheaded…
December 5, 2013 • 1 comment
Written by Margaret Cargo and Lisa Warner1
Theory-based approaches to evaluation, such as realist evaluation,2 make explicit ‘for whom’ and ‘in which circumstances’ programs work and ‘how’ they work to achieve outcomes.
Realist evaluation has the potential to strengthen the basis for understanding how programs work, particularly for Aboriginal urban populations where the needs are complex given the history of colonisation, institutional racism, mobility and kinship structures and obligations which often do not fit with mainstream programming requirements…
December 2, 2013 • Leave a comment
Written by Rodney Vlais1
There are a number of reasons why men who perpetrate family and domestic violence have historically been invisible in child protection casework,2 including:
- The association of children’s welfare almost exclusively with mothers and mothering, due to embedded patriarchy within our social and cultural institutions, and men’s unearned gender-based privilege and entitlement.
- Inconsistent understandings of the gendered nature of intimate partner violence, and the dynamics through which men choose to use this violence.
- Lack of confidence and skill in engaging perpetrators (given the complexity of the issues) amongst child protection and family services workers…
November 29, 2013 • Leave a comment
This is the final paper in a series of five resources being released in November as part of our Focus on… Evaluation in social services.
As well as letting your funders, managers and staff know about the findings of the evaluation, there is a broader issue to be considered. Other providers of similar programs may not be able to improve services to their clients if they don’t know what you learned. Regardless of whether the evaluation revealed that your program had a positive, negative or little measurable impact on participants, the findings would ideally be communicated to the broader sector so that the evidence base is expanded and, more importantly, future program participants can benefit from what you found. This is referred to as “dissemination”…
November 25, 2013 • 1 comment
Written by Dr Rachel Carson1
Introducing ethics applications
It is most likely that any program evaluation that you undertake as a service provider will be subject to an ethical review process.
Although a little daunting, going through the ethics application process and receiving this ethical clearance provides welcome reassurance that the proposed project meets the ethical standards outlined in the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Research Involving Humans…
November 25, 2013 • Leave a comment
This paper is the fourth in a series of five resources being released in November as part of our Focus on… Evaluation in social services.
There are three keys to conducting a successful evaluation: planning, planning and planning.
When you have decided to do an evaluation, and have an idea of the general processes and some of the key issues involved, you need to get down to the nitty gritty of evaluation – the why, who, what, when, where and how.
The focus of this resource is on actually doing the evaluation; in particular, the small, vital tasks and issues that need to be addressed to ensure the evaluation goes smoothly…
November 21, 2013 • 4 comments
This CFCA webinar explored issues and challenges relating to the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal children in the Northern Territory.
The webinar was held on 21 November 2013, and was presented by Dr Howard Bath, the Northern Territory Children’s Commissioner.
This forum can be used to post questions or comments, and to engage in discussion of the issues raised during the webinar…
November 19, 2013 • Leave a comment
Written by Dr Joseph Borlagdan1
You’ve checked in online, passed through security and found your gate. With any luck, your movement through the airport will be streamlined so that you get to where you need to go with little fuss.
We expect a similarly smooth transition for young people leaving school and heading into further education, training or work. But like airports, circumstances beyond an individual’s control cause disruptions and unexpected delays that prolong young people’s journeys. With fewer full time jobs for young people…