Tag Archives: Research

Postcards from Practice: Initial Learnings from the Name.Narrate.Navigate Program

We have just published a report, Postcards from practice: Initial learnings from Name.Narrate.Navigate. with initial learnings for work with young people and domestic violence. Continue reading

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Evidence-informed practice, evidence-based programs and measuring outcomes

This post is based on a workshop on evidence-informed practice, evidence-based programs and measuring outcomes that Alan Hayes, Jamin Day and I facilitated for the Combined Upper Hunter Interagencies. The slides from the workshop are above or you can download … Continue reading

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Evaluating the impact of Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops on social capital

The NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS) have been supporting Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) workshops in Sydney since 2012, and we are in the process of planning an evaluation of the impact … Continue reading

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Creating a collection of literature on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)

For the last six months or so, I’ve been working (slowly) with a small team (mainly Anne Wallace-DiGarbo, Katherine Smith, Judy Litke and me) to create a collection of research and literature on the Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP). It … Continue reading

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Strengths-based measurement

As practitioners and researchers we need to think carefully about the types of measures we use with the people we support. The measures we use can cause pain and distress for participants, undermine trust and engagement, and produce unreliable data. … Continue reading

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The increasing number of articles published on community engagement

The current renaissance of community engagement has led to an ever increasing body of literature discussing the theory and practice of community engagement. The rapid growth in interest in community engagement can be demonstrated by the increasing numbers of publications … Continue reading

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Research evidence for family (and community) workers

[Updated 2 June 2017] There are a range of reasons we might want to use research evidence as family workers or community workers. A quite inadequate reason, but potentially a motivating one, is that funding bodies are increasingly expecting the … Continue reading

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A literature review on supported playgroups

Do supported playgroups actually make a difference? A recent literature review of research on supported playgroups [1] found that, while they are very popular, there is not a strong research evidence base demonstrating their effectiveness. The lack of research evidence … Continue reading

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Literature on raising environmentally responsible children?

Lots of parents want to be environmentally friendly. As I have discovered, having children raises all sorts of dilemmas and parents often struggle with how to be environmentally responsible parents. The interest in the topic was demonstrated when Transition Newcastle … Continue reading

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World Cafe as a research process

I recently used World Café for a focus group to gain insights into the experience of international students at a university. While it wasn’t a formal research project (the focus was more on marketing), I can see that it World … Continue reading

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