The Cairns South Collective Impact (CI) Project has been engaging deeply in the Cairns South community and services sectors to determine priorities for strengthening the overall system of governance affecting outcomes for children aged between 0 and 12 years. Many of these outcomes have been well benchmarked through the 2016 State of the Children Report.
The process of prioritisation has been based on a structured and detailed approach to governance system analysis, deep conversations with over 60 stakeholders and three workshops of key leaders and service delivery agents within Cairns South and the wider region. This process clearly identified those governance areas that present the greatest risks to outcomes. The Project was then able to work with the community to identify “whole of system” problems and solutions.
The Project presents a significant new opportunity to drive strategic actions for change through the following key mechanisms, supported by JCU as Backbone Organisation:
- Strategic Change Projects (Big Babies): Coordinated and collaborative projects to help design and effect change in major systems affecting Early Years outcomes
- Strategic Budget Initiatives (Budget Omnibus): Annual consideration of high priority federal, state and local budget initiatives to target defined priorities
- Program Nudging: A targeted approach to lifting the capacity of community service organisations to access and secure existing funding programs for priority needs
- Research Brokering and Partnerships: Increasing partnerships between the community and service sectors with researchers to help identify and resolve priority problems
- Policy Responses: Coordinated support for the community and service sectors to respond to major and emerging federal and state policy issues affecting Early Years outcomes
- Strengthening Collective Impact: Strengthening capacity of the CI process to facilitate reforms and measure ongoing progress towards outcomes.