The early years provide a critical foundation for lifelong health, development and wellbeing, yet currently more than one in five Australian children begin school developmentally vulnerable. In some communities this extends to one in two – or every second child – placing them at greater risk of poorer social, emotional and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.
This Policy Brief outlines a different approach for addressing the complex nature of childhood vulnerability in communities experiencing high levels of disadvantage – a place-based collective impact approach.
Place-based collective impact integrates the knowledge and lessons gained from Australia’s long history of place-based approaches with the strengths of collective impact.
Its focus on citizen engagement, and devolved, cooperative decision-making represents a fundamental shift in the distribution of power and authority away from government and service providers.
This edition explores:
- The Australian practice and research on place-based collective impact initiatives including the seven principles which determine their effectiveness.
- The implications of the research including the need for testing and adaptation as our understanding of the place-based collective impact approach evolves.
- Considerations for policy and practice including the potential benefits for government, communities and service providers.