Knowledge Circle Practice Profiles

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The Knowledge Circle Practice Profiles are snapshots of programs, or elements of programs (practices), that focus on delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

Practice Profiles are one way to document and present the evidence around effective service delivery approaches that help children stay safe, healthy and happy in their communities.

You can play a part in building our understanding about "what works" by sharing information about your program with us.

We would like to know:

  • how your approach to service delivery is making a positive difference in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities; and
  • the evidence you have to show that your approach is working.

Make a submission to the Practice Profiles

There are a number of ways to contribute your information to the Practice Profiles, including:

  • filling out an online submission questionnaire;
  • emailing us information; or
  • via a phone or face-to-face interview.

Please contact us in the first instance to discuss a suitable option.

If your approach has not been evaluated, but has made a positive change in the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, we have other ways to share the information, such as an article on our discussion page. Please contact us to learn how we can assist you in sharing the work you do on our website.

The things we'd like to know about your program

The sorts of things we would like to know about your program include:

  • brief background information about your organisation;
  • the location where your program is delivered;
  • the amount of community consultation you undertake in planning and delivering the program;
  • information about your service users;
  • the kinds of culturally appropriate approaches you use to deliver the program; and
  • how your program was evaluated to determine its effectiveness, and the results of the evaluation.

Criteria for inclusion in the Practice Profiles

We know that not all programs have been evaluated. Yet evaluation is a key ingredient in demonstrating how your program is delivering outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. Only evaluated programs will be listed in the Practice Profiles. Please contact us if you are not sure if your program should be included, or to alert us to other programs and practices that are yet to be evaluated.

The criteria for inclusion in the Knowledge Circle Practice Profiles revolve around two main principles (see Principles below). Each principle is based on a number of evidence-informed factors that are effective in delivering outcomes for vulnerable families and communities.

For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups, it is clear that culturally appropriate approaches are vital for effective program delivery. For this reason, Principle A highlights factors that are specifically relevant for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

Principles

Principle A: The program adopts culturally appropriate approaches in delivering the service to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

  • Criteria 1 - The program implements a consultative process to identify family/community needs.
  • Criteria 2 - The program ensures participation and involvement of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in decisions about planning, delivering and evaluating the program.
  • Criteria 3 - The program uses culturally relevant tools in delivering services, such as effective communication methods, relevant materials, learning aids, or traditional instruments.

Principle B: The program is informed by research and/or theory and has a strong evaluation component:

  • Criteria 4  - Evaluation of the program shows that desired outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have occurred in accordance with program objectives.
  • Criteria 5 - The program incorporates ongoing feedback and evaluation processes that lead to improvements in program delivery.

Frequently asked questions

Why should I submit my program information to the Knowledge Circle website?

The Knowledge Circle website is a unique platform for practitioners to share experiences about "what works" in delivering positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. As an online resource, your work can be showcased for free, and will reach a professional audience across Australia.

How do I submit a program to the Profiles?

Contact us in the first instance to discuss the best way to make make your submission, or contribute elsewhere on the Knowledge Circle website. This may include:

  • filling out an online submission questionnaire;
  • completing a hard-copy questionnaire and sending it back;
  • emailing us information; or
  • via a phone or face-to-face interview.

Will my program be assessed and for what purpose?

Knowledge Circle staff will review your information to make sure there is enough evidence to show that the program is working for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities. This is important to safeguard against publishing information that might be considered harmful for these groups.

Our role at Knowledge Circle is not to evaluate programs. We aim to facilitate knowledge by collating, synthesising and publishing your information for use by practitioners, service providers and policy makers across Australia.

How will the information I submit be used on Knowledge Circle?

In addition to the Practice Profiles, we may also share the information you provide to us about your program on our:

If our program has been updated, or I see something in our Profile that is not accurate and needs changing, what do I do?

If your program has been updated since your submission, or if you see any inaccurate information on the published Profile, you can go to your program's Profile and use the link at the bottom of the webpage to send us updated information.

What are other ways I can contribute my experiences and promote our program?

We encourage you to share your program information with us! Consider writing a short, 500-word article for our Discussion Page, or contribute materials to our Resources Page.

Contact us to discuss an approach that works for you.