Through the project, local community knowledge collectors will be trained, equipped, mentored and re-imbursed. It will also develop understanding, measurement, evaluation and learning capability of Burnie Works itself, and contribute to the evaluation of the national Stronger Places, Stronger People initiative. Dusseldorp Forum is part of the Stronger Places, Stronger People National Leadership Group and has partnered with two other participating communities, Maranguka and Logan Together, for the past five years.
This unique approach is being used in projects with similar purposes in two Indigenous communities, but this is a first for mainstream community evaluation. It is also a tangible example of the how stories can be used to not only change the system, but also evaluate, understand and showcase that change, as explored in Dusseldorp Forum’s recent Storytelling for Systems Change report.
By drawing out stories from the community, the local knowledge collectors will support understanding of the impact of various issues, with a focus on children, families, youth, justice, employment and wellbeing. This local knowledge can then overlay information collected externally, such as population data, research and knowledge from asset and systems mapping, to bring additional insight and shape community action.
A project officer has been recruited and co-design of the UTAS training program begins in May. Then from August to December, UTAS will pilot the micro-credentialed program, though online modules and face-to-face sessions for 15 students. The project will also include ongoing supported fieldwork for collecting knowledge.
Newly appointed Project Officer, Shandel Pile, will recruit and mentor the students. She is excited about the unique opportunity the project presents,