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Thursday, September 20 • 2:30pm - 3:00pm
Youth Partnership Project: Applying place-based collective impact and evaluating for systems change

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Maria Collazos (Save the Children)
‘Wicked problems’ demand a new way of thinking and working; one which moves beyond independent programs with isolated impact, to a collaborative approach with a common goal. By rethinking the system and how it operates, we can discover new solutions with population level impact.  Being able to measure this impact is key. This practice-focused presentation explores systems change evaluation, using the place-based collective impact initiative, the Youth Partnership Project (YPP), as a case study.
Despite significant investment in the community, there has been persistent issues of youth crime and anti-social behaviour in the south-east corridor of Perth. The YPP was formed as a strategic project to develop a cross-sector early intervention system for the region, and is a demonstration site for Western Australian reform. The project brings together a broad cross-sector of partners to systematically identify the most vulnerable young people in the community and collaboratively address complex needs which are the responsibility of multiple agencies.
This presentation will delve into the challenge of evaluating systems change in initiatives with multiple levels of impact, from individual to systemic. We consider how impact at these different levels affect one another and draw on the YPP’s approach of using developmental evaluation to provide a framework for continuous learning, emergent strategies and monitoring effectiveness and efficiency. Finally, we discuss cost-benefit analysis as an advocacy tool to articulate the need for prevention-focused collaboration and system reform.

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Rhianon Vichta

Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Brisbane Youth Service
Rhianon Vichta became an evaluator after spending more than 20 years delivering, designing, managing and working to improve social programs both in Australia and overseas. Throughout her career journey from crisis counsellor to CEO, she continued to seek answers to the fundamental... Read More →


Maria Collazos

Project Design and Development Officer, Save the Children
BA. Political Science and Grd Cert Social Impact.Maria works to strengthening the quality of program delivery through effective design of program logics and impact evaluation frameworks. Maria works at a strategic and an operational level, bringing together theory and practice. She... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2018 2:30pm - 3:00pm AEST
Chancellor 5