ACTION RESEARCH & EVALUATION
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research
Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services, ANROWS was contracted to assist 26 projects in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative. ANROWS supported projects to take an action research approach to their activities in the prevention of violence against women and creating safer pathways to crisis and support services from December 2017 to April 2020.
18 CALD PAR projects focussed on the prevention of violence against women and their children and eight projects aimed to create safer pathways for women and their children to crisis and support services. An action research approach supported teams in collecting information during the life of their project, evaluating the effectiveness of their activities and sharing findings and lessons for future practice.
Their research contributed to the limited evidence on the effectiveness of prevention and safer pathways work in CALD communities.
ANROWS hosted three national workshops on action research, the prevention of gender-based violence and safer pathways for CALD communities to crisis and support services for family violence. In partnership with Our Watch, ANROWS also created two Communities of Practice to enable the project teams to build strong networks and regularly share ideas, successes and challenges.
The CALD PAR initiative built on lessons learned from the ANROWS Building Safe Communities for Women and their Children (BSCW) action research initiative. The central goal of action research is to create positive change and develop practical solutions to local problems faced by organisations working with CALD communities. Action research provided organisations with opportunities to adapt project activities to ensure that better outcomes are achieved. It also contributed to building a body of evidence during the course of everyday work.
The CALD PAR initiative produced a report with ten insights that identify directions for future work. Some of these include increasing strengths-based community engagement, using aspirational language to frame activities, creating non-judgemental spaces to engage CALD men as allies, building capacity in culturally safe practice and supporting bicultural workers.
CALD Communities Leading Prevention Stream
Migrant and Refugee Settlement Services of the ACT (ACT)
Men’s Outreach Workshops (MOW)Find out more
Boronia Multicultural Services (NSW)
Let’s take the Lead − Keeping our women, children and community safeFind out more
South West Sydney Legal Centre (NSW)
Creating Connections in Schools to Empower CALD CommunitiesFind out more
Western Sydney Local Health District / Multicultural Health Sydney (NSW)
‘Rich cultures should have Rich relationships’: Primary prevention domestic violence project with Sudanese and Punjabi communities in Western SydneyFind out more
Centre for Holistic Health (VIC)
Facilitating Responsible and Non-Stigmatising Attitudes and Practices Towards Domestic Violence in the Chinese CommunityFind out more
VICSEG New Futures (VIC)
Cultural Playgroups in Diverse Communities – Promoting Family and Community SafetyFind out more
Safer Pathways for CALD Women
Catholic Care Social Services Southern QLD (Centre Care Toowoomba) (QLD)
Building Links Empowering South Sudanese (BLESS)Find out more
Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours (QLD)
Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women: Capricornia Families are Everyone’s BusinessFind out more
Ballarat Community Health (VIC)
Safer Pathways for Refugee and Immigrant Women, Ballarat and Western VictoriaFind out more
Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (VIC)
Making the Links − Building Safer Pathways for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Women in Regional VictoriaFind out more
Findings & insights
ANROWS supported CALD PAR projects to share the findings and insights from their action research through digital stories and project stories. These creative methods of sharing findings highlight the diversity, depth and nuance of what works in the prevention of violence against women and creating safer pathways to support services for CALD communities. They have made projects’ findings accessible to the widest audience and enabled project teams to translate their research into new resources for CALD communities. Their digital stories and project stories are available on our website.
Prevention and safer pathways to services for migrant and refugee communities: Ten research insights from the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Projects with Action Research (CALD PAR) initiative
This report provides key insights into “what works” for prevention and safer pathways activities engaging CALD communities in Australia.
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Stories that feature empowering and culturally responsive messages about prevention and pathways to support from community leaders, participants and services, produced by the CALD PAR projects.
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Findings from the CALD PAR projects, with insights into their action research processes, key learnings and recommendations for policy-makers and practitioners.Find out more
This webinar unpacks research insights from 26 projects. These projects undertook action research into the prevention of violence against women and creating safer pathways to services.
Find action research related resources that would be helpful to researchers, community workers and others working on action research projects
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