Blacktown Community Services Conference 2019

Participatory Decision-Making will explore ways that community engagement and codesign methods can create service, policy and project outcomes which genuinely express the needs and aspirations of the communities they are designed to serve. Please view the flyer for details.

Conference Organisers:
Blacktown City Council, Community Resource Network (CRN), Sydwest Multicultural Services, TAFE NSW, Mission Employment, atWork Australia, STARTTS and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Free of cost but registration essential. Please find the useful links below

Flyer with details

Plenary 1: A Key Strategy for Improving Outcomes for Australian Families - Dr Tim Moore
Plenary 2: NDIS Overview and Update - Ally O'Rourke, NDIA
Workshop A report: Engagement to Co-design - Its EPIC
Workshop B report: Promoting Child & Family-Wellbeing Through Authentic Engagement
Workshop C report: NDIS
Workshop D report: Sustainable Productivity of Employment and Education Based on Life-long Learning

Co-design and Community Engagement - Some recommended reading

Principles of Co-design, NCOSS, 2017

Co-design is increasingly being used by both government and the community sector to describe a range of activities and processes used in the design of services and products that involve people who use or are affected by that service or product.  However there is a lack of consistency in how it is used and what it means in practice.

If co-design is to be effective there needs to be agreement on what it is and how it works. This paper presents the community sector’s perspective on what we have identified as the key elements of codesign.

The Co-Design Principles came out of the Fair Deal Forum in November 2016 with input from the participants and Dr Ingrid Burkett (The Australian Centre for Social Innovation).

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Community engagement: A key strategy for improving outcomes for Australian families
Tim Moore, Myfanwy McDonald, Harriet McHugh-Dillon and Sue West
Child and Family Australia Paper No. 39 — April 2016
There have been growing calls for service providers to seek greater community engagement in the design and delivery of services. However there is no consensus as to what this involves, and there appears to be a gap between the rhetoric and the reality of community engagement. This paper seeks to clarify what community engagement involves, how it relates to other ideas and practices, and the role it can play in improving outcomes for children and families.
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