Place-based approaches

Place-based work is about bringing together citizens in a place to address the complex needs of communities by harnessing the vision, resources and opportunities in each community. 

Place-based approaches are long term, collaborative efforts which give power to the community in guiding systemic change, and contribute to a cycle of learning about investment and impact.

QCOSS has a focus on place-based work because globally, place-based approaches are being recognised as critical to responding effectively to certain community challenges and building strong, cohesive communities. There is significant evidence and a multitude of impressive stories demonstrating real change that supports this.

As the state's peak body for the community sector QCOSS is uniquely positioned to support and enable place-based approaches across Queensland.  We recognise that we can’t do this alone – we are committed to partnering and our partners are many.  

Our place-based work so far has taught us a lot! 

We are now able to build on that to present our plan of action for place-based approaches in Queensland moving forward. We have organised our actions into four key areas doinglearningleading, and changing.

 

 

Our action plan: 

 

 

 

DoingObjectivesActions 

Working directly with communities to support place-based approaches and civic leadership.

Build capacity of communities to implement place-based approaches through practice, local sector development, integration, and citizen leadership.

Build QCOSS' on-the-ground understanding of place-based approaches to inform work.

Townsville, Capricornia and Fraser Coast

Keep working alongside these three communities to further develop leadership and drive change.

Changing Lives, Changing Communities

Facilitate conversations of change across the state to ask What will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?

Champions of Change

Train and develop a network of Change Champions to host community conversations to promote civic participation in local action and decision-marking.

Neighbourhood Centres

Build on the strengths of neighbourhood centres as critical local place-based infrastructure and engagement.

LearningObjectiveActions 

Building Queensland's collective knowledge base relating to place-based approaches.

Enhance the shared understanding, innovation and commitment to place-based approaches across the community sector and with citizens, philanthropic agencies, business and government.

Community of Practice

Establish a Queensland Place-Based Community of Practice to build knowledge and skills, as well as connect, people delivering or supporting place-based initiatives.

Learning Programs

Deliver learning programs across Queensland on core elements of place-based approaches including leadership, systems design and data use.

Place-based Resources

Share resources, research and models to support a broader and deeper understanding of place-based approaches across Queensland.

Place-Based Conference

Support Logan Together, Collaboration for Impact and Griffith University in Changefest in Logan City - November 2018.

ChangingObjectiveActions 

Facilitating systems development and changes which better support place-based approaches across Queensland

Develop and enhance systems which support place-based approaches to take root, grow and flourish across Queensland.

Systems analysis

Use action on the ground to understand and respond to systemic barriers.

Social investment

Help develop social investment approaches which support community identified goals and integration of the service system.

Contractural arrangements

Establish new ways of working, including contracting, to better support comunity organisations to work form a place-based perspective.

Data

Enable greater accessibility, understanding and use of data in local decision making.

LeadingObjectivesActions 

Bringing together key influencers to plan, collaborate and enable place-based approaches across Queensland.

Enhance state-wide coordination and collaboration between key agencies focused on making positive social change in Queensland through place-based approaches.

Make place-based approaches a priority across government, with investment to match.

Queensland Place-Based Leadership Group

Establish a strategic state-wide leadership group to influence and drive initiatives which build the systems, capacity and culture necessary to enable and strengthen local place-based approaches across Queensland.

Advocating for place-based investment

Government funding to establish a long-term strategy to support 10 place-based approaches across Queensland communities.

An innovation fund to support place-based prototype projects which address community identified needs/opportunities.

Download the Action Plan here.

 

Why do it?

During the recent past, the wellbeing of many people and communities has been improving. However this has not been the case for all. Some communities, some people, some families have struggled to get by and succeed. Some communities experience entrenched poverty and disadvantage. In some communities there are intractable problems that persist despite generally successful conditions. In some communities, opportunities are beckoning, but it is difficult to see how to maximise the benefits for all.

In many instances, despite the best intentions of governments, the community sector and a range of stakeholders – progress on these issues has not been made. Improvements in social and economic outcomes have not been made, the intractable problems persist and opportunities pass by.

Change is needed!

 

Why is QCOSS so committed to place based approaches?

QCOSS has worked in many parts of Queensland to tackle some of these entrenched issues using a place-based approach to build local partnerships and develop joined up, place focused and community driven responses.

The process of using a place based approach, with a focus on engaging all elements of a community, can in itself contribute to addressing issues such as social isolation and social division as well as enhance the suitability of the work to the local area by ensuring local input into local solutions.

Our experience shows us that with effective engagement, local input not only ensures participation of local groups and individuals, but an ability to develop, implement and adjust the program to meet the needs and characteristics of the local community and its environment. The diversity of local responses that emerge from this work tells us that place-based approaches are effective in generating innovative solutions to address the local experience.

QCOSS is committed to supporting the development of place based approaches through:

  • developing the collective knowledge of place based across Queensland
  • sharing and developing resources
  • advocating for government policy to support place based
  • building partnerships across the community, community sector, business and government to tackle Queensland’s biggest challenges

 

 

 

 

The QCOSS place-based Action Plan 2018-2020
Published: Sep 2018
As Queensland's peak body for the community sector, QCOSS is uniquely positioned to support and enable place-based approaches across the state. We recognise that we can’t do this alone – we are committed to partnering and our partners are many. Here is our Action Plan for 2018-2020.
Where are place-based activities happening?
Published: Sep 2018
These are just some of the place-based activities and projects happening in Queensland and beyond.
Report Townsville here’s how you are Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Published: Sep 2018
Changing Lives, Changing Communities are 13, two-day events across Queensland, creating new ways for people –citizens, community organisations, the private sector and government representatives – to come together, envision and ask “what will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?” Changing Lives, Changing Communities is about bringing together all parts of the community to co-create solutions to ensure everyone is included in their community, and can access what they need; like a place to call home, good health, transport, education, and meaningful employment.
Report Fraser Coast here’s how you are Changing Lives, Changing Communities
Published: Sep 2018
Changing Lives, Changing Communities are 13, two-day events across Queensland, creating new ways for people –citizens, community organisations, the private sector and government representatives – to come together, envision and ask “what will it take to create communities where everyone contributes, matters and belongs?”
Place-based - Leading
Published: Sep 2018
Leading in our place-based action plan is about bringing together key influencers to plan, collaborate and enable place-based approaches across Queensland. QCOSS's objectives are to make place-base approaches a priority across government, with investment to match, and enhance state-wide coordination and collaboration between key agencies focused on making positive social change in Queensland through place-based approaches.
Place-based - Changing
Published: Sep 2018
Changing in our place-based action plan is about facilitating systems development and changes which better support place-based approaches across Queensland. Our objective is to develop and enhance systems which support place-based approaches to take root, grow and flourish across the Queensland.
Place-based - Doing
Published: Sep 2018
Doing in our place-based action plan is about working directly with communities to support place-based approaches and civic leadership. Our objective is to build capacity of communities to implement place-based approaches through practice, local sector development, integration, and citizen leadership.
Place-based - Learning
Published: Sep 2018
Learning in our place-based action plan is about building Queensland's collective knowledge base relating to place-based approaches. Our objective is to enhance the shared understanding, innovation and commitment to place-based approaches across the community sector and with citizens, philanthropic agencies, business and government.
An illustrated timeline of building place-based initiatives in Capricornia
Published: Sep 2018
Place-based initiatives take a lot of time and planning, and are sometimes difficult to explain. Here's a straight-forward timeline of the events that have taken place so far in the Capricornia region.
Place-based in Fraser Coast: A case study - How the Butchulla people are re-visioning an ancient rite of passage
Published: Aug 2018
This case study showcases an important element of place-based work and how a project came to happen for the Butchulla community. it also demonstrates just what can be achieved when a government body, a peak body and community work together.

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