Our Approach

We approach each project in an independent and customised manner, applying the most relevant combination of the following:


Complexity and Systems Theory

An emphasis on connectivity and interaction, leading to the design of smarter, more enduring solutions.

Strengths based approaches

Identifying what works well and how to achieve this good practice more often.

Participatory engagement

Actively involving all stakeholders to find solutions that are based on collective wisdom and ownership.

Self-organisation

Four principles provide a foundation for how we approach our work: balance, early feedback, high care factor, and diversity and dissent.

Our Values

We’re a values-based company. Our values ensure that we bring integrity to everything we do and allow us to get to the heart of the matter.

Our values are:

  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Learning
  • Courage
  • Passion
  • Humanity

Our Principles:

Our principles of self-organisation provide the foundation for how we approach our work. These are:

  • Balance
  • Early feedback
  • High care factor
  • Diversity and dissent

 

 

Areas of focus

Our core services cover four key areas:


 Education

Education equips Australians with the knowledge, understanding, skills and values to take advantage of the opportunities of this era, and face its challenges, with confidence.

Our vision for Education is to improve learning outcomes across all stages, by bettering access to education and training and the highest levels of teacher quality. We have demonstrated expertise in:

  • Evaluating policies and programs, particularly professional learning initiatives for educational professionals.
  • Providing strategic advice in the often complex context of education
  • Developing creative targeted communications
  • Longitudinal studies on program

Our work covers all aspects of education and training (including early childhood education, the school years, further education and training, and higher education) across all sectors (government, business, Catholic and independent schools and private training providers) and all Australian jurisdictions.

 


 

 Justice

We work with the system as well as the people to make them better. We involve the community and systems (police, legal agencies, corrections) to provide better opportunities for all.

Our work is informed by a theoretical understanding of the complex power of relations between people, families, communities and systems that we live and work within. We consider and navigate the many structural and individual factors such as gender, race, education and culture and how they intersect and influence each other to affect social justice outcomes.

 


 

 Community

Our work is inspired by a belief that everyone has a right to participate in their community. Community Participation covers a vast array of activities that promote and sustain communities where people participate fully in social, economic and civic life but we also need to understand exclusionary measures and how people can be marginalized or excluded from society.

We work with clients to understand challenges and barriers that prevent inclusion and participation and why they exist.

We have provided evaluation and strategic advice in projects that aim to address access, gender, ability, sexuality, social and financial capital and investment in community program and policy.

 


 

 Health and Wellbeing

Our holistic and systemic approach aims to empower people to enhance their mental and physical, social and community wellbeing.

Our approach to health and wellbeing acknowledges its multi-faceted and the impact of various environmental, economic, and social factors. Consistent with this approach, our research and evaluation in the area of health and wellbeing incorporates our understanding and analysis of the social, economic, cultural, and physical that contribute to the wellbeing of an individual, as well as that of a community.

Our approach to understanding wellbeing in any piece of research or evaluation we conduct is not restricted to the wellbeing of the individual, but encompasses families, different communities (e.g. abilities, gender, sexuality, mental and physical health, addiction and addictive behaviours) and larger systemic variables.