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Research & Evidence Symposium – Oct 2014

Sector Research Partnership           


4th Annual Sector Research & Evidence Symposium

Research in a Changing Environment: Challenges and Possibilities

The Child and Family Services sector is in an environment of change and reform. This symposium will explore the critical role research will play in evidence informed change processes that promote good outcomes for children, young people and families. 

Key Note Presenter:

Sally Cowling  B.Ec (Hons). M.Comm (Melb Uni)

Manager, Research and Program Development UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families, NSW.

Sally is focused on building an evidence base to foster high quality practice, policy frameworks and research based advocacy which best support children and their families experiencing acute disadvantage.  Sally is joint project leader for Newpin Social Benefit Bond – an Australian first project to support the restoration of children in care to their families.  She was Research Fellow, the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research, Melbourne & Newcastle Universities, Senior Policy Advisor – Federal Labor Party and a member of the Expert Advisory Committee to NSW Commission for Children and Young People.

Symposium Program included: (Please click on the links below to access copies of the presentations)

Click here for a copy of the full program book.

Research Driven Practice – Program innovation

Research & the Skilled Worker – Workforce development

Research & Outcome Effectiveness – Results accountability

Panel Discussion – Sarah Wise    
Sector Development in IT Focused Knowledge Management 

Mackillop, Uniting Care Burnside, Mallee Family Care. Lantara Uniting Care, Life Without Barriers, DHS, Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare


Date: Friday 31st October – 9:30am to 4:00pm (Registrations from 9:00am)

Venue: University of Melbourne, Peter Doherty Auditorium
            Cnr Grattan & Berkeley Streets, Carlton, Vic

Registration: Via
                     $80 CFECFW Members/ $140 Non-members
Contact: Carol Sands,


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