Outcomes Practice Evidence Network Primary Centre contact: Dr Michele Lonsdale Director of Social Policy and Research firstname.lastname@example.org OPEN Research Sector Symposium The first symposium under the auspices of OPEN (Outcomes Practice Evidence Network) will be held on Monday 30 October 2017 – purchase your ticket here. The conference themes are consistent with the Children and Families Research Strategy developed as part of the government’s learning system. The four conference themes are: Prevention and early intervention Effective service models and practice for Aboriginal children and families Measuring effectiveness and outcomes Trauma-informed practice. Applications to present at the symposium are now open. To join sector colleagues and present your chosen topic, simply submit your abstract and a short bio online, by clicking here. OPEN is the Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network The Victorian Government is reforming the child and families services system. One part of this reform calls on the child and family services sector to operate as a learning system – where services are backed by evidence, and are continually re-evaluated and refined to improve the outcomes for children and families. OPEN is part of a learning system The Outcomes, Practice and Evidence Network – or OPEN – is part of a learning system that brings together service providers, funders and policy-makers, intermediary organisations, service users, program developers and researchers. OPEN drives the development and implementation of evidence and innovation across the service delivery system. OPEN builds on the Sector Research Partnership OPEN is a new entity, which builds on the existing Sector Research Partnership (SRP). The SRP is co-chaired by the Centre and the University of Melbourne, connecting researchers with workers to strengthen the evidence base for policies and practice in Victorian child and family services. OPEN will facilitate strong engagement and collaboration between researchers, service providers, practitioners and policy makers to address research priority areas. It will support the development and diffusion of a stronger evidence base, capturing innovative programs and promoting a shared understanding of good quality evidence and best practice across the sector. It will also support a more responsive and skilled workforce that is capable of delivering evidence-based care, services and support to vulnerable children and families.