ANROWS is being funded by the Department of Social Services to test the effectiveness of the Local Government Domestic and Family Violence (DFV) Prevention Toolkit currently being trialled in selected sites. The evaluation runs from April 2018 until June 2019 and is using an action research approach with five local councils across Australia:
- City of Charles Sturt, South Australia
- Latrobe City Council, Victoria
- Mackay Regional Council, Queensland
- City of Mandurah, Western Australia
- City of Parramatta Council, New South Wales.
The evaluation aims to identify any necessary amendments and document case studies for inclusion in the final product, which is due to be launched in mid-2019.
The toolkit is designed to support councils that would like to begin DFV prevention activities, as well as councils that are already implementing activities. It provides a framework and a range of resources that will support councils to design and deliver activities for their community and workplace. For example:
- Gaining buy-in from elected councillors and management
- Establishing an internal working group
- Undertaking a gender audit of councils’ policies and procedures
- Identifying key internal and external stakeholders
- Partnering with community organisations to provide training and awareness-raising workshops.
ANROWS is providing support to each of the five sites to incorporate the action research processes into their monitoring and evaluation work. The trial sites plan and implement activities and collect data on their effectiveness and impact. They then use the data to reflect on how the activities can be improved in the future. This approach helps build the capacity of local governments to undertake basic research and incorporate evaluation processes into their work.
ANROWS is contracted to provide the following to the trial sites:
- Support to use an action research approach to evaluation.
- Develop a feedback mechanism to support the ongoing review and refinement of the toolkit during the trial phase.
- Establish and support a Community of Practice (CoP) between the sites to facilitate information sharing and collaboration.
- Develop an appropriate monitoring and evaluation framework in consultation with the sites to support reporting on progress and short-term outcomes.
Dr Peter Ninnes, Project Manager
Tel 0432 614 970 Email peter(dot)ninnes(at)anrows(dot)org(dot)au
Celeste Koens, Project Officer
Tel: 02 8374 4043 Email: celeste.koens(dot)anrows(dot)org(dot)au