Families and Children Expert Panel project

What is the Families and Children Expert Panel project?

During consultations with the sector in 2013, there was broad based consensus for increasing the use of evidence-based programs and practices, focusing on prevention and early intervention and moving towards true outcomes measurement and reporting. There was also recognition of the need for additional assistance for service providers to achieve this goal.

In response, in 2014, the Australian Government established the Families and Children Activity Expert Panel project (the Expert Panel project).

Who benefits from the Expert Panel project?

The Expert Panel project supports Families and Children Activity service providers by providing assistance to plan and implement high quality evidence-based programs, measure outcomes and conduct evaluations.

How is the Expert Panel project delivered?

Administration and coordination of the Expert Panel project is undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS), through the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange. CFCA will provide support and capacity building directly to Family and Children Activity (FaC) service providers or engage an organisation with relevant expertise to undertake more formal projects if more intensive support or expertise is required.

The Expert Panel project includes:

  • providing implementation support and training for organisations in the use of evidence-based programs and practice;
  • supporting the development of outcome measures that organisations can use to evaluate the extent to which they have helped their clients;
  • providing training and support in the development and evaluation of outcome measures;
  • supporting organisations to trial and evaluate new approaches, particularly in prevention and early intervention; and
  • conducting other research and evaluation activities.

More information about the Expert Panel project can be found on the Australian Institute of Family Studies website.

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