Stronger Places, Stronger People

Stronger Places, Stronger People is a new, practical initiative that involves collaboration between communities, governments, service providers and investors to deliver on a locally designed vision and plan of action to create better outcomes for children, families and communities.

The initiative aims to demonstrate whether the place-based Stronger Places, Stronger People collective impact model can disrupt disadvantage in participating communities, and help build enduring positive impacts for children and their families living in these communities.

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.

Logan (Logan Together) in Queensland and Bourke (Maranguka) in New South Wales are the first communities to join this initiative.

Investment for this initiative includes $35 million over five years from the Commonwealth 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 Commonwealth Government to ensure that efforts are targeted to address local strengths, needs and opportunities.

What will be delivered in each community?

  1. A National Strategy with overarching frameworks and tools to be applied across the initiative as well as practical capacity building support in demonstration communities including:
    • national and community-level theories of change, program logics, outcomes and measurement framework, and monitoring, evaluation and learning framework;
    • national and localised data collection and analysis to inform decision-making and target solutions;
    • a community readiness assessment;
    • local leadership building and backbone capability and skills development to drive and sustain the initiative; and
    • support for governance bodies to make decisions in the best interests of the community and share learnings and best practice.
  2. Local Backbone Team to partner with local leaders, residents and organisations to:
    • develop a shared community roadmap and action plan;
    • map existing services and investments;
    • establish local governance arrangements;
    • generate practical service delivery improvements for existing programs; and
    • collect and analyse data to set benchmarks, track progress and evaluate outcomes.
  3. Local Governance and Engagement Channels to:
    • ensure the implementation is led by local leaders;
    • hear from community about their aspirations and concerns;
    • actively involve and empower local stakeholders to make community-, data- and evidence-informed decisions;
    • coordinate effort and generate support for the initiative; and
    • prioritise funding and effort towards implementing the community roadmap.
  4. Community Roadmap to:
    • galvanise effort around a locally developed and agreed plan for action;
    • drive service alignment with community solutions and context;
    • reduce service duplication and unhelpful service delivery models; and
    • innovate for solutions.
  5. Local Data, Evidence and Analysis to:
    • target actions;
    • measure change; and
    • inform decision-making and learning.
  6. Local Partnerships with community, leaders, funders, service providers and other key influencers to join resources around a shared agenda for social and economic change that benefits all children and their families.

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