Our History

Centre for Family Research and Evaluation

Since our inception in 2006, we have worked on numerous evaluation and capacity building projects, as well as research projects, presentations, articles and reports some of which are detailed below or detailed in our case studies.

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Expert Panels

CFRE has been successfully appointed to the Families and Children Services Expert Panel Industry List, which is funded by the Federal Government through the Department of Social Services. We receive requests from Families and Children Activity service providers for support to plan and implement programs, evaluate outcomes, and to share our findings, in order to improve outcomes for families and children in Australia.

We are also on the READ (Research, Evaluation and Data) Panel, which is a whole of government procurement panel established and managed by the Department of Social Services. CFRE has been authorised to deliver high-quality services in the expert areas of Social Policy Research, Evaluation and Program Review and Professional Development.

Centre for Family Research and EvaluationConference and Webinar Presentations

What Matters Most to Families in the 21st Century? Conference workshop facilitated by Tamara White at the Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference in Melbourne, Friday 27th July 2018.

Applied Resources for Community-Level Change – workshop facilitated by Tamara White at the Communities for Children Forum in Brisbane, Wednesday 25th October 2017.

Outcomes Measurement – webinar delivered by Julia McKenzie for the Family Action Centre, 5th July 2016.

Introduction to Outcome Measurement in Practice: Lessons from the Expert Panel Project – presented by Julia McKenzie and Liz Clancy at the Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, 8th July 2016.

Beyond Bias: Using New Insights to Improve Evaluation Practice – presented by Julia McKenzie at the Australasian Evaluation Society Conference Perth, 20th September 2016.

Evidence, Programs and Practice – workshop facilitated by Karen Field, Elly Robinson, SUPERU, Liz Clancy and Julia McKenzie at the Family and Relationship Services Australia Conference, November 2016.

Evidence-Based Practice in Family Service Agencies – presented by Sophie Aiken at the Playgroup Victoria Laying the Foundations State Conference, 6th May, 2016.

Implementation & Adaptation of Evidence-Based Programs – webinar presentation by Sophie Aiken for the Australian Institute of Family Studies, 23rd February 2016.

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Published Articles

Articles and Publications

Poole, L., Lewis, A., Pryor, R., Bertino, M.D., Knight, T. and Toumbourou, J. (2016). A Family-Based Approach to Adolescent Depression: the BEST-MOOD Program. Family Process.

Field, K Just Families: 9 years on A Multi-Risk Prevention/Early Intervention Program targeting the Transition to Parenthood and Family Violence, Children and Families in Focus From Inquiry to Action 2: Research, 2016 Policy and Practice 17-24.

Colucci, E., O’Connor, M., Field, K., Baroni, A., Pryor, R. et Minas, H. (2013). Nature of domestic/family violence and barriers to using services among Indian immigrant women. Alterstice, 3(2), 9-26.

Lewis A, Pryor R, Bertino MD, Toumbourou J, Knight T: Behaviour exchange systems training: mood versionTreatment Manual. In Behavior Exchange Systems Training: Mood Version – Treatment Manual. Melbourne; 2012. Unpublished manuscript.

Galea, A., Toumbourou, J.W., Bertino, M., Pryor, R., Field, K. (submitted 2011) The Mental health impact of family relationship services: A systemic literature review. Family Matters.

Field, K and Pryor, R: A public health approach to practice and programs promoting family well-being: A whole-of-agency model. Family Relationships Quarterly Newsletter No. 15, 2010. Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse. Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies ISSN 1833-9077 (Online)

Pryor A, Townsend M, Maller C, Field K: Health and well-being naturally: ‘contact with nature’ in health promotion for targeted individuals, communities and populations. Health Promotion Journal of Australia; 2006 Aug;17(2):114-23 PMID: 16916314

Robinson, E and Pryor, R. Strong Bonds Project: Promoting Family-Aware Youth Work Practice [online]. Developing practice: The Child, Youth and Family work journal; Issue 15; Autumn 2006; 28-35

Burns J and Field K: ‘beyondblue: the national depression initiative’: Targeting depression in young people. Youth Studies Australia v.21, n.2, June 2002, pp.43-51

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Chapters

Colucci, E. and Pryor, R: Section 5: Gender and Equality – Chapter 27: “Violence against Women”. In Essentials of Global Mental Health. Editor Okpaku, S. Cambridge Medicine. (2014)

Field K, Highet N and Robinson E: beyondblue – the National Depression Initiative: preventing depression in the workplace. In Mental Health and Work: Issues and Perspectives. Edited by Morrow L, Verins I and Willis E. Adelaide, Ausinet: The Australian Network for Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention for Mental Health (2002).

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Research Reports

Toumbourou, J., Hartman, D., Field, K., Jeffery, R., Brady, J., Heaton, A., Ghayour-Minaie, M., and Heerde, J. (2017) Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future. Deakin University and FRSA.

Building the Evidence Base of Risk and Protective Factors for Depression and Anxiety Within the LGBTQ Community. (2011). Chief Investigator: Karen Field, Authors: Nat Lysenko, Reima Pryor, Rachel Leung, Karen Field, Professor John Toumbourou. Produced by drummond street services under beyondblue’s Centre of Excellence 2011 Grant Round.

Just Families – Prevention and Early Intervention study reducing violence against women and children in couples Transitioning to Parenthood: a multi-risk intervention. Final report to William Buckland Foundation. drummond street services 2010.

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Government Submissions/Reports

Royal Commission into Family Violence (2015) Submissions

1. Prevention and Early Intervention for Reducing Violence Against Women and Children – Drummond Street Services.

2. Family Violence and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer Community – Drummond Street Services and Victorian Aids council submission.

Commonwealth Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse – Towards Redress Submission 2015. Drummond Street Services.

Victorian State Government – Vulnerable Children Inquiry: Drummond Street Services. 2011

Federal Government Higher Education Review: Drummond Street Services: Status of African New Zealand Citizen Refugee Humanitarians Entrants Immigrating to Australia. 2007

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Government Funded Research

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 1. Queer Families and the Child Support System, Access and Awareness, (2010). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from Drummond Street services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 2. How the Child Support System works for Stepfamilies, (2011). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from Drummond Street Services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 3. Young Adult Children and the Child Support System, (2011). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from Drummond Street Services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 4. Pathway to Support- the Child Support Agency and Vulnerable Families, (2012). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor and others from Drummond Street Services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

Policy Research Project- Policy Paper 5. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Families’ Experience of the Child Support System,(2012). This paper was one of five to be prepared by Reima Pryor, Jessice Black and others from Drummond Street Services for the Family & Child Support Policy Branch of the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) under its Child Support Policy – Community Strategy.

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Examples of Acknowledgments

Lewis, A. Bertino, M.D., Skewes, J., Shand, L., Borojevic, N., Knight, T., Lubman, D.I., and Toumbourou, J. (2012). Adolescent depressive disorders and family-based interventions in the family options multicenter evaluation: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 2013, 14:384. © 2013 Lewis et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

Robinson, E., Rodgers, B. and Butterworth, P. (2008). Family relationships and mental illness: Impacts and service responses. AFRC Issues No. 4. Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2008.

Robinson, G.,and Tyler, W (2008). Ngaripirliga’ajirri: The implementation of Exploring Together on the Tiwi Islands. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health (AeJAMH), Volume 7, Issue 1, 2008 ISSN: 1446-7984.

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