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Practice Lead - Knowledge Building


Employer: Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare
Work Type/s: Contract, Full Time
Classification/s: Family Services, Policy & Research, Project Management
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP)
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 22 January, 2019.
Applications close: 04 February, 2019. (Expired)

The Centre is Victoria's peak body for child and family service organisations. The Centre is committed to making sure children and young people grow up in safe, stable home environments, connected to family, community and culture, with the care and support needed to advance their health, education, wellbeing and development. This includes Aboriginal children in the care of and supported by Aboriginal organisations.

As the peak body in child and family services, the Centre has an important role to play in identifying and supporting effective practice in and across the sector, including how this is defined, measured and shared, and the factors that have contributed to this effectiveness. Our whole-of-sector perspective places us in a unique position to identify existing effective practice, best available research, existing practitioner expertise and client perspectives and experiences. Through our network forums, training needs analyses, surveys and other avenues, we identify gaps in knowledge and skills and seek to address these through project, research, policy, training and advocacy activities. We undertake a small number of research projects.

The Centre manages the Outcomes Practice Evidence Network (OPEN), which has been established to strengthen collaboration between researchers and service providers and support the workforce in delivering evidence-informed approaches. OPEN activities include holding forums and workshops, supporting organisations to make better use of their data to transform practice, hosting a portal that will support the sector to implement evidence-informed practice, supporting organisations to evaluate their services, and holding an annual sector-research symposium.

The Centre is working with the Department of Health and Human Services and the child, youth and family services sector across a number of projects and initiatives to support the government’s reform agenda, including strengthening evidence-informed decision-making and practice across the sector. This work is being driven through the establishment of a learning system where outcomes are measured and services are continually questioned, re-evaluated and refined to improve outcomes for children, youth and families.

This position is focused on whole-of-sector knowledge building with a focus on finding out what evidence-informed practices are being implemented across Victoria, to understand opportunities to strengthen workforce knowledge and skills in the delivery of evidence-informed practice.

The role will play a key role in supporting whole of sector growth in knowledge and skills to be able to more consistently use evidence to improve outcomes for children, youth and families. This role requires the ability to consult extensively and effectively with Victorian child and family service organisations about the evidence-informed practices they are using or the barriers stopping them from using evidence-informed practice.

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