CFRE is a collaborative applied research centre located within Drummond street services, an innovative and research-based family and community service provider.
CFRE was established in 2006 by co-founders Karen Field at Drummond Street Services and John Toumbourou at Deakin University, who both recognised the need for services to stay connected to research evidence and the importance of researchers staying connected to practice. Being situated on-site at Drummond street services keeps us connected to the realities of service delivery. Working amongst program staff and managers allows us to learn from practice, as well as work with the broader sector to support agencies and policymakers.
We have grown our team to work with a range of service delivery and academic partners on projects that build the capacity of individuals, project teams and organisations to generate and use evidence in their work. Today, CFRE consists of research consultants experienced in designing and planning programs, conducting research and evaluation work, as well as training and mentoring others. We have worked with agencies throughout Australia, across a variety of sectors that concern the well-being of children and families.
Despite our expansion, we have stayed true to the core pursuit of conducting research that can be applied in a real-world setting: we continue to improve and learn from programs and practice and to inform policies that impact on the wellbeing of communities across Australia. We believe that all of the work we do must take into account the communities that are needing support, the context of service delivery and the policies and systems that influence both communities and service delivery.
We work in the nexus between research, policy and practice.
We work with people who create social policies and deliver prevention, early intervention, tertiary and recovery services in Australian communities. We support them to find sustainable solutions to the complex social problems that impact the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities. We do this by researching social issues, evaluating programs and services, communicating research findings. We build the capacity of organisations to use and generate evidence, as well as collaborate with organisations to find practical ways to use evidence in their programs and find out what works for their communities.