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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
Outcomes Practice Evidence Network (OPEN)

November 29, 2018

OPEN Data Project

The Centre for Family Research and Evaluation (CFRE) was contracted in 2018 for a data project managed by the Outcome Practice and Evidence Network (OPEN). Based at the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, OPEN connects practice experience with research and evaluation expertise including facilitating small projects to assist agencies to improve their outcome measurement and use of evidence. In this instance, a Non-Government Organisation based in Victoria
Following the success of our work with Communities for Children programs in rural and remote settings, CFRE was contracted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies to develop a guide, primarily for Facilitating Partners within the Communities for Children (CfC) program who would like to further their understanding of community-level change. The guide provides staff with knowledge of behaviour change theory and how it can be applied to program planning
In 2016-2017 CFRE was contracted by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to increase the capacity of fifteen remote and regional Communities for Children (CfC) service delivery agencies in remote and rural communities to use and generate evidence. CFRE designed and delivered training workshops on program planning and evaluation, with corresponding workbooks and resources for participants. With approximately 105 workshop participants these workshops were a great success! A lot of
With funding from the Department of Social Services and the Attorney General’s Department, CFRE completed work with the Victorian Partnership of Family Relationship Centres (VPFRC). The objectives of this project were to develop and implement an evaluation framework and outcome measurement tool for Family Dispute Resolution (FDR) services, with a view to national roll-out and long-term sector outcome measurement. FDR services are embedded in the complex Family Law service system,
In 2016-2017, CFRE supported Hume Valley School to evaluate their alternative education program. The Community Connections program is an alternative education program embedded in Hume Valley School in Melbourne that works with students to increase self-confidence and engagement in learning. CFRE worked with staff to evaluate their alternative education program. The evaluation investigated whether the program has been effective at meeting its intended outcomes. The evaluation used a mix of
Save the children
CFRE travelled to Kununurra in the East Kimberley region to provide workshops and program support to Save the Children. In 2016, CFRE was requested by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to increase the capacity of fifteen remote and regional Communities for Children (CfC) service delivery agencies in remote and rural communities to use and generate evidence. Save the Children Kununurra is the Facilitating Partner of the East Kimberley CfC
CFRE provided consultancy support to a program that delivers parenting groups and playgroups with culturally and linguistically diverse communities in Melbourne. In 2015-2016, CFRE designed and provided two tailored half-day workshops covering an introduction to evidence-based program planning and implementation, and defining program outcomes. Program staff were guided through the key elements of a community needs analysis, evidence-based programming, program logics and outcomes measurement. Staff reported that the tailored on-site workshops

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