Collective Impact

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    Collective Impact (CI) brings together participants from diverse sectors within the same community who have a shared commitment to solve a specific social issue through a structure that focuses on collaborative planning, implementation, monitoring and review. It is based on the belief that no single policy, agency, organisation or program can tackle the increasingly complex social problems we face.
    CI is identified as having five key components:

    • establishment of a common agenda for change
    • common progress measures (with heavy reliance on data)
    • a backbone (coordinating) organisation
    • participant activities that are “mutually reinforcing”
    • shared communication.

    Collective impact: Cairns South

    The Cairns South and Yarrabah Communities for Children Facilitating Partner has kick-started a CI project within Cairns South. It has identified widespread agreement amongst relevant agencies and others for the need to come together to jointly plan and align their efforts in order to better address the complex issues affecting the development of 0-12 year olds in Cairns South (Early Years cohort). The Cairns South population is expected to almost double by 2036.

    The Project will bring together representatives from government, community organisations, and a wide range of service providers to focus on this particular social issue. It will support the Early Years sector to lead the development of a detailed child development 'agenda' and to establish long-term system improvements that will increase support and enhance outcomes for children and their families in Cairns South. The project will be largely informed by the State of the Children 2016: Children and young people in the Cairns southern corridor – a pathway forward report. The report, commissioned by Mission Australia, aims to provide a snapshot in time of the state of the children and young people 0 to 19 years living in the Cairns South and Yarrabah regions. It establishes a baseline for work to be carried out by the Project, including to measure progress over time.

    How is JCU involved?

    The Cairns Institute (TCI) based at James Cook University will partner the sector in this long term and strategic approach. In particular, The Cairns Institute will provide significant support to the CI project through the Project Lead of Allan Dale, Senior Researcher Fiona Allison, Project Manager Jennifer McHugh, and TCI Director Stewart Lockie.

    A primary task of the Project will be to establish a backbone organisation to support a local CI approach in the medium to long term. This organisation will both help maintain the overall strategic coherence of the initiative and coordinate and manage key aspects of its planning and implementation, including stakeholder engagement, communications, and data collection and analysis.

    As a first step, JCU staff will meet with stakeholders, including parents and carers, support workers, government and non-government organisations and service providers, to gain a more detailed understanding of how best to collaborate and work together to improve outcomes for the Early Years cohort. These interviews are completely confidential and no identifying information will be recorded.

    For further information, please contact (07) 4232 1718 or

    This program is funded by the Australian Government.

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    Effective Interventions for Preventing Youth Crime and Promoting Youth Development by Dr. Brian Bumbarger
    This workshop was an opportunity for attendees from our region to hear about International research and start a conversation about community level strategies.
    Wednesday 21 March 2018 | JCU City Campus 36 Shields Street, Cairns City | 9:00 – 12 noon

    Invitation to Workshop 1 Monay 21 August 2017

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