Collective Impact and Building a Stronger Community Services Sector workshop
Dr Michael McAfee, Co-Director of the Promise Neighbourhoods Institute and the Vice-President for Programs at PolicyLink.
Michael has spent over 20 years working in the government, philanthropic, and human-services sectors, including leading cross-sector efforts to invest over US$700 million into distressed communities. He believes in the benefits of effective coordination of the efforts of schools, families, social services, health centres and the community to provide effective services to improve the lives of children and communities.
Participants work-shopped the TOP 3 priority actions for Central Queensland in the context of:
- collective impact
- data and measurement
- innovation and partnership
- research, and
- sector development resources
The Community Leadership Board invited stakeholders and community members to a series of workshops to identify key issues around the themes of:
- kindy preparation
- childhood obesity
- low birthweight babies
- Child Protection Orders
- vulnerable and at risk children
- teenage pregnancy, and
- how to help every child reach their full potential.
Every Child CQ believes that by bringing people, communities and organisations together, we can positively improve life outcomes for our kids. A series of Community Forums were held across Central Queensland to discuss our aspirations, validate data analysis, listen to community and stakeholders views and encourage participation.
In 2016 members of the Community Leadership Board travelled throughout Central Queensland with a view to engaging communities in discussion to gain an insight into the needs and views of each community. Participants discussed what already works well, where improvements are needed and considered what top priorities for children in their community.