Strong Families - Capable Communities

Research and Evaluation Projects

Muswellbrook SF — CC.

The SF–CC strategy involves a collaborative partnership with the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and the Muswellbrook CREATE Change Coalition (chaired by DPC and including senior officers of the Departments of Education, Family and Community Services, Health, Housing, Transport, the Police Local Area Command, the Muswellbrook Shire Council and the Social Housing Provider – Compass Housing).

Founded on local collaboration, relationship-building, training, and accountability, the elements of the strategy will foster better integrated and synergized approaches to developing human capital across domains including healthcare, education, housing, child care, community services, Indigenous services, and criminal justice. This will be in close collaboration with state and local government, community services, and private enterprise.

Strong Families—Capable Communities employs a Collective Impact approach to addressing social problems and enhancing community strengths. Collective Impact proposes that, to be effective, it must meet five conditions: a common agenda; shared measurement systems; mutually reinforcing activities; continuous communication, and a backbone support organisation to plan, manage and facilitate effective service delivery.

The initiative has a strong focus on promoting health, wellbeing and educational opportunity and is deploying an innovative prevention support system.

This work is aligned to the implementation of the University’s Global Impact Clusters which have been established to address global challenges identified within themes that complement our University, region and nation’s strengths and challenges. SF-CC fits within the theme area of Strong Cities, Communities and Regions to deliver impact across a region undergoing significant challenge and transition.

This project will use an innovative, integrated data backbone to enable the community to identify trends and track specific risk factors for social problems and key community strengths and assets and bring together multiple community, government, and industry agencies.

DSS Expert Panel

This work for Families and Children Expert Panel, relates to the provision of services to assist recently funded Children and Family Parenting service providers to improve their capacity to use evidence-based programmes and practices (EBPP) in Programme Planning and Programme Implementation.

Research Team

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.