Stronger Places, Stronger People
Stronger Places, Stronger People is a place-based collective impact initiative being implemented by the Australian Government in partnership with state and territory governments and 10 communities across Australia.
Stronger Places, Stronger People involves collaboration between the whole community, all levels of government, service providers, business, philanthropy and others to deliver on a locally designed plan of action. Stronger Places, Stronger People will support 10 demonstration communities that have markers of entrenched disadvantage combined with a promising degree of community readiness to lead a long-term social change endeavour.
The long term goal of Stronger Places, Stronger People is to interrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage that is concentrated in particular communities around Australia. Through partnering with communities and their leaders, local organisations, policy makers and funders, the aim is to create stronger futures for children and their families in these communities.
Seven Stronger Places, Stronger People communities have been announced. These include Logan, Rockhampton and Gladstone in Queensland, Bourke in New South Wales, Burnie in Tasmania, the Far West Region of South Australia (including Ceduna) and Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory.
Investment for this initiative includes $35 million over five years from the Australian Government. There will also be co‑investment from state and territory governments, and in some cases from philanthropic organisations, who will work alongside local communities and the Australian Government to ensure that efforts are targeted to address local strengths, needs and opportunities.
What will be delivered in each community?
Stronger Places, Stronger People communities will receive funding to support a local project team (‘backbone’) that will work with local leaders, residents and organisations who partner together to form a leadership group to:
- develop and progress the community’s vision and plan of action
- collect and analyse data to understand where they are at
- set targets and track progress.
Practical and specialist support for the local team and local leadership group to drive community-led action will also be provided.
Communities will also receive support to:
- develop and implement a monitoring, evaluation and learning plan
- implement frameworks and tools developed for all 10 communities
- access, analyse and understand local and other data.
When a Stronger Places, Stronger People community is announced and initial engagement has occurred, the community will participate in a Partnership Exploration Process (PEP).
The PEP is a process and tool developed and co-designed with Collective Impact practitioners and partners to support communities to assess their readiness to partner with the Stronger Places, Stronger People initiative.
The PEP aims to provide specialist support to communities to assist them to understand the initiative and then work together to:
- identify what has been done to date and determine next steps
- prepare a progress mapping tool
- develop an action and support plan.