The CREATE 2020 Webinar Series

May 18, 2020

CREATE 2020 Webinar Series

 

Designed for policymakers, practitioners, organisational leaders, researchers, prevention and implementation scientists, and funders, the CREATE 2020 Webinar Series will present the research and practice outcomes of the CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing 7-year project

We hope you can attend some or all of the webinars

The webinars are free and will be delivered using Live Team Events

The webinars will be recorded. Videos will be posted to this site following each session


Missed a webinar? Access the slides and recordings here

The power of a critical friend – Collective Change Facilitation: click here to access the slides and recording (presented on the 17-6-2020)

Coalition Wellbeing – The Value of Measuring the Wellbeing of Community Partnerships: click here to access the slides and recording (presented on the 1-7-2020)

Getting the measure of child wellbeing with Rumble’s Quest: A tool for schools and their communities: click here to access the slides and recording (presented on the 22-7-2020) 

The power of data for community coalitions: Deciding together – risk and protective factor – methodology: click here to access the slides and recording (presented on the 29-7-2020)

The capabilities and uses of Parent’s Voice – incorporating PEEM – the Parent Empowerment and Efficacy Measure: click here to access the slides and recording (presented on the 19-8-2020)

CREATE Project Snapshot – The major outcomes from the CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing Project: click here to access the slides and recording (presented on the 7-10-2020)

CREATE Futures – Future directions for community-based prevention utilising CREATE Project tools, resources and methodologies: click here to access the slides and recording (presented on the 15-10-2020)



Upcoming Webinars


11th November

10.00 to 11.15 pm (AEST)

(11.00 to 12.15pm – AEDT)

Demonstration of the power and use of the new Economic Support and Reporting Tool (ESRT)

Central to the economic analysis of CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing in Disadvantaged Communities is the development of an Economic Support and Reporting Tool (ESRT). At present we have limited information on the costs and benefits of social interventions delivered by place-based coalitions of partner organisations. ESRT has been developed to empower members of Community Coalitions to contribute in providing data and information to conduct self-administered economic evaluations. The ultimate goal is that, with the support of the ESRT and regular reporting of program-related outcomes, the demand for assistance from an economic analysis expert will be minimised and members of Community Coalitions will be able to perform economic analysis including cost-feasibility, cost-effectiveness, cost-savings and cost-benefit analysis by following the guidelines and interacting with the tool.

ESRT offers electronic modules to be used by coalition members to:

  1. generate evidence of economic accountability;
  2. explain how services can be delivered to achieve outcomes in an economically efficient manner; and
  3. support community-based coalitions to achieve measurable and sustainable improvements in outcomes with tangible economic benefits.

This presentation will show off the ESRT APP, highlighting how ESRT can be used to provide a straightforward but comprehensive format for assembling and analysing cost and benefit data of a service, program, or intervention to provide a range of economic outputs.

This presentation will be led by Professor Matthew Manning and Dr Gabriel Wong, College of Arts & Social Sciences, Australian National University.

To register for this webinar please click here


11th November

3.30 to 4.45 pm (AEST)

(4.30 to 5.45pm – AEDT)

Leading family-school-community engagement in professional learning to support children’s wellbeing

This CREATE webinar looks at a new professional learning program for school leaders interested in forming collaborations between school staff, families and community to strengthen primary school children’s wellbeing. It will describe eight, self-paced, online professional learning modules that include the most contemporary research on family-school community relationships, and expertise on children’s wellbeing.

At the heart of the professional learning program is a place-based, action research project designed, implemented and evaluated by a team of school leaders, staff, families and community, that responds to school-based data showing gaps in children’s wellbeing. The rationale for this project is the knowledge that attempts to strength children’s wellbeing work better if schools work with families and community. The professional learning program is being tested currently at five Queensland sites.

This presentation will be led by CREATE Project Co-director Professor Greer Johnson and Professor Bev Fluckiger – Griffith Institute for Educational Research.

To register for this webinar please click here



Past Webinars


June 17th 2020

The power of a critical friend – Collective Change Facilitation

Do you ever wish you could call a friend to bounce ideas around or ask them for their opinion? Do you wish you had someone you could rely on to provide you with honest but constructive advice? Or someone who can keep an eye on the big picture and ask those tricky questions that get you thinking? Collective Change Facilitators (sometimes known as Collective Impact Facilitators) are an important part of the Prevention Translation and Support System being developed as part of the CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing project. Collective Change Facilitators work to strengthen Community Coalition functioning, a factor that has been linked to coalition success when influencing positive community change. They support collaboration and relationships within and external to the community coalition by working alongside members of a partnership to enhance their functioning while also building capacity.

As part of this presentation, we will unpack what it means to be a Collective Change Facilitator and discuss the impact of a critical friend walking alongside you. 

This presentation will be led by CREATE Project Team member and Collective Change Facilitator Dr Sara Branch and Collective Change Facilitator Ms Charmaine Stubbs from The Salvation Army.

Thank you to everybody who attended this webinar

To access the slides and recordings from this webinar click here


July 1st 2020

Coalition Wellbeing – Reviewing how well your collaboration works – the value of measuring the quality of community partnerships to enhance functionality and amplify impact

The natural fluctuations that occur in communities and community coalitions underline the importance of establishing a routine process for all partners to engage in regular reflection about coalition wellbeing and functioning. Self-review can be a powerful catalyst for growth and achieving shared goals. Collecting information that promotes reflection forms a core part of a continuous learning and improvement cycle and can help coalition members strengthen the way they work together to enhance outcomes for their community. The Coalition Wellbeing Survey was developed as a tool for use by community coalitions to review their collective practices in a systematic and replicable way. It helps coalitions gather reliable data on factors that are known to underpin successful collaborative initiatives.

Within the CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing Project the Coalition Wellbeing Survey has been used by community coalitions throughout Queensland and NSW to measure coalition wellbeing and strengthen their collaboration. This presentation will discuss the value of using measurement tools like the Coalition Wellbeing Survey to strengthen collaboration.  

This presentation will be led by CREATE Project Co-director Professor Ross Homel and Principal Research Fellow Dr Kate Freiberg.

Thank you to everybody who attended this webinar

To access the slides and recordings from this webinar click here


July 22nd 2020 

Getting the measure of child wellbeing with Rumble’s Quest: A tool for schools and their communities

The voices of children are often missing when decisions are made about how best to enhance their wellbeing. Rumble’s Quest was developed so decision makers would have a reliable way to engage primary-school-aged children directly in the measurement of school- and community-wide social and emotional wellbeing.

Rumble’s Quest is a robust and reliable measure of wellbeing designed specifically for 6-to-12 year old children. It offers a scientifically validated and developmentally-appropriate process for assessing multiple dimensions of child wellbeing. It is presented as an engaging computer game, so children can respond to the questions in a natural way.

Rumble’s Quest is an effective tool for assessment, program planning, and program evaluation. It helps schools and other child-serving organisations to: understand children’s strengths; plan supportive action in response to identified opportunities for growth; and review the effects of those actions once undertaken.

This webinar will introduce you to the Rumble’s Quest package. This includes the measure itself, and a management dashboard that offers training modules and reporting tools that empower schools and service agencies to collect, review, and act on data to tailor initiatives that promote the wellbeing of children in their community.

Presented by Dr Kate Freiberg, Principal Research Fellow – Griffith Criminology Institute.

Thank you to everybody who attended this webinar

To access the slides and recordings from this webinar click here


July 29th 2020

The power of data for community coalitions: Deciding together – risk and protective factor – methodology

In recent years many communities have invested in preparing ‘State of the Child’ reports for their areas in order to guide decisions about how to improve the wellbeing of local children.
The CREATE Deciding Together methodology takes these efforts to a new level by incorporating the voices of children through Rumble’s Quest and by organising a wide range of data about child wellbeing within a risk and protective factors framework derived from decades of longitudinal research.

The CREATE Deciding Together methodology brings together three data sources: the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC); Government and Australian Bureau of Statistics child-related indicators; and wellbeing data derived from Rumble’s Quest.

One thing that makes the Deciding Together methodology different from the ‘State of the Child’ reports is its reliance on the longitudinal research literature to identify 23 risk and protective factors for child wellbeing. In other words, risk and protective factors do not emerge from community data but from the large number of long-term rigorous studies that have been carried out in fields such as developmental psychology, health, criminology, education and substance abuse. The Deciding Together methodology combines this knowledge from science, with suburb level data to inform goal setting and planning for targeted action.

Within this webinar, we present preliminary results emerging from this CREATE Project initiative. Our analyses so far confirm the power of the Deciding Together methodology for assessing child needs at a small area level, revealing wide variability between suburbs within communities.

Presented by Professor Ross Homel, and Dr Jacqui Homel, Lecturer – School of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Thank you to everybody who attended this webinar

To access the slides and recordings from this webinar click here


August 19th 2020

The capabilities and uses of Parent’s Voice – incorporating PEEM – the Parent Empowerment and Efficacy Measure

The Parent Empowerment and Efficacy Measure (PEEM) uses a strengths-focused approach to measure caregivers’ sense of control or capacity to engage confidently with the realities of being a parent. It was developed as part of a research-practice partnership in collaboration with members of a community-based family support service.  It encourages caregivers to reflect on their strengths, and any influences within their environment that may help or hinder their capacity to achieve their parenting goals.

The PEEM is designed for use with parents or carers of toddlers to tweens. The measure is short and practical. It has twenty positively worded items that relate to personal and child wellbeing, coping skills, relationship building, and communication.

The PEEM has many uses. It can serve as a conversation starter for parents and professionals as they work together. It can also be used to support comprehensive evaluation within family support programs and community organisations. In particular, it can help agencies to review the effects of the resources and services they deliver for individual parents, groups of parents, and families within the community more broadly. The PEEM can be delivered using an engaging online format called PARENT’S VOICE.

This webinar will introduce Parent’s Voice and discuss its use by practitioners and researchers.

This presentation will be led by CREATE Project Co-director Professor Ross Homel, Principal Research Fellow Dr Kate Freiberg, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Sara Branch – Griffith Criminology Institute.

Thank you to everybody who attended this webinar

To access the slides and recordings from this webinar click here


October 7th 2020

CREATE Project Snapshot – The major outcomes from the CREATE-ing Pathways to Child Wellbeing Project

The CREATE-ing Pathways to Prevention Initiative (CREATE) is a series of collaborative research-based capacity building projects initiated by Professor Ross Homel and colleagues at Griffith University (and later ANU), in partnership with national not-for-profit organisations, interest groups, and federal and state government departments. Its aim is to strengthen ‘prevention delivery systems’ (chiefly what is done by primary schools and community agencies) by bringing the fruits of scientific research to bear on routine practices.

CREATE is a long-term applied research initiative based at Griffith University that works through the Commonwealth Government’s Communities for Children Program in New South Wales and Queensland. It built on successive stages of ARC-funded project work that included Pathways to Prevention (1999-2012), Creating the conditions for collective impact: Transforming the child serving system in disadvantaged communities (2013-2016) plus a ‘community establishment’ phase (2016-2018), and the most recent phase, Creating pathways to child wellbeing in disadvantaged communities (2019-2020). The aim of the initiative is to support evidence-based collaborative preventive action through the development of human and electronic resources that are responsive to the needs of children, families, community service deliverers, and schools.

CREATE is an acronym: Collaborative; Relationship-driven; Early in the pathway; Accountable; Training-focused; Evidence-driven.
These principles underpin a model of preventative action that:

  • empowers schools and community agencies to transcend system silos
  • foster ethical practices and respectful relationships
  • delivers goal-directed, quantitatively evaluated, evidence-based resources that promote child wellbeing in disadvantaged communities 
  • helps deflect children from antisocial and criminal behaviours

Over the course of this project the CREATE principles were put into practice through a wide range of resources and methodologies including – as major examples:

  1. Rumble’s Quest, an on-line computer game and support system that measures child social-emotional wellbeing and empowers schools and child agencies to use the reliable and valid data that is generated to guide actions to improve child wellbeing.
  2. Collective Change Facilitators who are ‘system intermediaries that act as a bridge between the researchers and the consumers, deliverers, and designers of services

By developing capacity-building resources for schools and child and family serving agencies, the CREATE Initiative enhances the collective power of community coalitions to be successful agents of community-wide change for children and families.

This webinar will discuss the CREATE ‘big picture’ by reviewing the major outcomes and findings from the program as a whole, including where some ambitious goals were not realised.

This presentation will be led by CREATE Project Co-director Professor Ross Homel, Principal Research Fellow Dr Kate Freiberg, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Sara Branch – Griffith Criminology Institute.

Thank you to everybody who attended this webinar

To access the slides and recordings from this webinar click here


15th October

11.00 to 12.15 pm (AEST)

(12.00 to 1.15pm – AEDT)

CREATE Futures – Future directions for community-based prevention utilising CREATE Project tools, resources and methodologies

Governments in Australia and across the developed world have ambitious policies to deliver services to improve child and youth wellbeing in disadvantaged communities. The Australian Government funds national place-based initiatives like Communities for Children and Stronger Places, Stronger People; state governments fund family support services to keep at-risk children out of the child protection system; and schools implement a wide range of behaviour management and other programs.

With notable exceptions like Communities That Care, developed at the University of Washington in the United States but now implemented worldwide, the links are patchy at best between these place-based programs and the extensive body of scientific knowledge about how to foster the positive development of children and prevent child and youth problems like antisocial behaviour and crime, school dropout, and substance abuse.

Over the past 7 years the CREATE-ing Pathways to Prevention Program has developed human and electronic infrastructure designed to strengthen the capabilities of schools, community residents, and child and family serving agencies to be agents of community-wide change based on good science.

The development of the Collective Change Facilitator role along with outcomes measures such as, the Parent Empowerment and Efficacy Measure and PEEM Online (Parent’s Voice), and Rumble’s Quest; as well as coalition strengthening tools such as the Coalition Wellbeing Survey System; and all the processes, methodologies and activities embedded in the CREATE Change Cycle constitute important advances in the continuing process of translating the fruits of prevention research into effective community practices, at scale.

This webinar will discuss the future directions for community-based prevention in Australia. Drawing on advances in Prevention and Implementation Science we will discuss how CREATE tools, resources and methodologies can be used to drive innovations in practice as well as inform knowledge development through research.

We will propose as a practical strategy the formation of intermediary organisations within which respectful relationships between community members, policy people, frontline professionals, and researchers can be developed and sustained. These supportive collaboratives, maintained by skilled system intermediaries like Collective Change Facilitators, optimise the ‘research translation’ conditions needed for co-creation processes to flourish and for new measurement instruments, tools, methodologies, and evidence-based resources to be developed that are responsive to local contexts, empower local people, and are suitable for use by frontline professionals as well as by community members and sometimes relatively untrained practitioners.

This presentation will be led by CREATE Project Co-director Professor Ross Homel, Principal Research Fellow Dr Kate Freiberg, and Senior Research Fellow Dr Sara Branch – Griffith Criminology Institute.

Thank you to everybody who attended this webinar

To access the slides and recordings from this webinar click here


 

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