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About Us


The Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE) is a division of Drummond Street Services. CFRE has supported Drummond Street to be at the forefront of innovative program design through gathering evidence from multiple sources with the use of our evidence based management framework. Our innovation in family violence projects in particular, has led to programs and services being developed for vulnerable populations, including those largely excluded from broader service provision, including LGBTIQ+ people, women who use violence and adolescents who use violence in the home. Our position within Drummond Street enriches the team’s understanding of social service provision and embedding evaluation into practice.

CFRE’s approach to community based research and evaluation, as well as nationwide capacity building projects fosters innovation. We take a collaborative approach to engaging with key stakeholders as a fundamental step underpinning our work. We believe that this collaborative approach, which takes into consideration the broader contextual factors and the knowledge and experience of key stakeholders, promotes the production of creative and innovative solutions to complex social issues.

About drummond street

Drummond Street has a 130+ year of history of working with individuals, families and communities from all backgrounds in the pursuit of social justice, working from a human rights-based framework. Drummond Street offers a range of child, family and individual support services, in addition to specialist LGBTIQ+ services offered through Queerspace, specialist youth services offered through The Drum, and support for step or blended families through Stepfamilies Australia. In addition, our Centre for Family Research & Evaluation (CFRE) provides research, evaluation and policy expertise, in addition to external capacity building with the broader service sector.

Drummond Street has service sites in Carlton, Collingwood, North Melbourne, Coburg, Epping, Brimbank, Wyndham and Geelong and provides outreach services to people from across the North West. Drummond Street works with a broad range of individuals, families and communities, including LGBTIQ+ communities, people from diverse faith, cultural and linguistic backgrounds, people of colour, refugees and people seeking asylum, people with a disability and people from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, including many people living in poverty.

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