Our services are underpinned by best-practice science and evidence. We are committed to the continuous improvement and evaluation of our community capacity building initiatives, including through research collaborations.
Over the course of 2020-21, we have embedded evaluations within a number of our community capacity building initiatives.
Intentional Practice and IMPACT
The research and evidence underpinning the IMPACT Program and intentional practice can be found on this dedicated platform.
Community Development or Capacity Building Initiatives
In 2021 we have shared a wonderful collaboration with Central Queensland University who have supported us to independently evaluate the impact of our work across (1) educational communities and (2) regional South Australia (The Bush Telegraph). The work was conducted by Stephen Burrowes and Meg Gruber, under the supervision of Associate Professor Karena Burke, Dr Adam Gerace and Dr Tessa Benveniste.
1. Educational Communities
Stephen Burrowes employed the Most Significant Change evaluation methodology to assess the impact and outcomes of Resilient IMPACT, a whole-of-school approach to building a wellbeing-responsive school community. Stephen assessed the written accounts of educators (n = 49), followed up by focus groups (n = 18). The evaluation found:
- “Meaningful outcomes were evident and sustainable”
- Key concepts and methods “stuck” and are “embedded within the practice culture of the school”.
For a summary overview of the research, click here.
2. The Bush Telegraph (Regional Communities)
Meg Gruber employed the Most Significant Change evaluation methodology to assess the impact and outcomes of The Bush Telegraph: a whole-of-community mental health and wellbeing initiative delivered across the Eyre Peninsula in collaboration with Centacare Catholic Country SA.
This evaluation is currently being finalised, with expected release in December 2021.