COVID-19 Response – Message from our CEO Karen Field

We are here and not going anywhere – but how we stay in touch, deliver services may change as the community grapples with responding to COVID-19. This is our message to all our drummond street friends – people who use our services, communities and groups, our amazing workforce, service partners, community organisations, and support groups and suppliers.

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Join our team!

We are looking to employ a Research Assistant to contribute to our projects and the general operations of CFRE to strengthen our centre further. At CFRE we see this position as a key opportunity to continue to grow our team, so we are looking for someone who is a good fit and is genuinely interested in a career path in research, evaluation and/or consultancy. This position will support the work […]

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The Relationship Between Parent and Child Mental Health: Taking a Family Systems Perspective in Support Services

As an organisation, drummond street (ds) recognises the importance of situating individual issues within contextual backgrounds. A major part of which is the role of family relationships in providing a strong and early influence on the mental health and well-being of the developing child as well as the well-being of adults.Programs at ds include family based services such as the Family Mental Health Support Service (FMHSS) program and the Family […]

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Co-designing family violence prevention initiatives with marginalised communities

There is currently a limited evidence base for understanding the drivers of family violence in LGBTI communities. It is understood that LGBTI people experience family and intimate partner violence at the same, if not greater rates than their cisgender, heterosexual counterparts. Research also suggests that family violence against LGBTI people does not occur in a vacuum, but in the context of broader and deeply entrenched discrimination and abuse. In order […]

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Paving the Way in Service Delivery Evaluation

CFRE is excited to announce we will be presenting at this year’s FRSA Conference, held 19-22 November 2019! This year’s theme is New Horizons: Building the future, Paving the way. Madeline Gibson will be presenting findings from our most recent drummond street services evaluation. We use monitoring and evaluation to measure and increase service delivery success of our family mental health services across our eight sites in Melbourne. We are […]

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What is ‘recovery’? Learnings from Victoria’s family violence service sector

The “Family Violence Recovery – Research and Practice Forum” was designed to facilitate the sharing of knowledge across therapeutic family violence services funded by the Victorian Government, in response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence.   The Forum was collaboratively planned by around 40 people from 21 organisations. The Forum was attended by 130 participants, representing all 26 Demonstration Projects and 50 community-based organisations The forum simulated a ‘community […]

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Move It 4 Kids

CFRE will begin working to evaluate outcomes of the Move It 4 Kids program, being delivered by drummond street, Playgroup Victoria and Hullaballoo Music. Move It 4 Kids offers parents /carers and their children 0-5 a fun, interactive musical comedy experience, which is delivered to community playgroups. The session involves physical activity and communicates clear guidelines around the benefits of exercise, the importance for children’s development and ideas for parents […]

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Carnival Day 2019 Survey Results

queerspace and Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE) are proud to release the data of a survey we held over Midsumma Carnival day in January of 2019 to help provide us with some insight into the services LGBTIQA+ communities are accessing and/or would like to access in their local area. We found some fascinating and also some concerning findings. We surveyed a total of 819 people and below are […]

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We’re coming to Hobart!

CFRE is very happy to announce that we will be travelling to Hobart to present at the 2019 Early Childhood Australia National Conference from 25-28 September 2019.   This year’s conference theme is ‘From Vision to Action’ and will lead some exciting discussions on children’s experiences of early years of school including playgroups. CFRE will present findings from our evaluation of ALL Come Out to Play! program, run by drummond […]

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Team additions

We are excited to welcome three new masters’ students beginning internships with CFRE this year! These students are joining us from various Melbourne-based universities, and will be focusing on our new research project gaining insight into embedding monitoring, evaluation and learning practices within community service organisations. Some of their research-related tasks will include:• Conducting desktop research and literature reviews;• Contributing to designing data collection strategies;• Assisting the team with analysing […]

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Learning from Victoria’s Family Violence Demonstration Projects

CFRE recently attended a forum staged by Victorian service agencies currently delivering family violence demonstration projects. The purpose of this forum was to build collective knowledge from providers of these projects in relation to understanding and supporting recovery. Hundreds of staff and program managers gathered for a day of discussion, reflection, and future service planning. About the Therapeutic Interventions Pilot program The Victorian Government is currently investing in new ways […]

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Introducing the EMELP study


How do we Embed Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Practices (EMELP) in Family Violence Service Organisations in Australia?   The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children 2010-2022 is premised on four foundational elements that aim to underpin the necessary change required for organisations to communally address this issue in Australia. These include: strengthening the workforce; integrating systems and sharing information; improving the evidence base; and tracking performance […]

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ALL Come Out to Play!

The ALL Come Out to Play! program has been funded under the Victorian Free from Violence strategy. It is part of a suite of primary prevention initiatives delivered in response to growing awareness that gender inequality, including stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity, is a key driver of violence against women. Research shows that violence can be prevented: it’s a matter of changing the unequal power relations and cultural norms […]

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On-Country Education

ABC Foundation

CFRE conducted an evaluation of ABC’s On-Country Education program to demonstrate the program’s impact on young people, their families and the community.    ABC’s On-Country Education Program is an alternative education model designed to support vulnerable and disadvantaged Aboriginal children and their parents/carers to transition into early learning and primary school. The program provides an experiential and immersive learning approach with on-country activities to achieve improved childhood and/or adolescent development and […]

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Emergency Relief Workforce Development Program

Matrix on Board

CFRE conducted an independent evaluation of the Emergency Relief Workforce Development Program (ERWDP): a nationwide roll-out of in-person and online training. After consultation with the Australian emergency relief (ER) sector, Matrix designed and implemented the ERWDP training courses in addition to self-assessment tools and support for management staff. During the evaluation planning phase, it was expected that new sector-wide operational guidelines would drive the ER reform initiative in 2017. However, in […]

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