Are we are making a difference? How can we do better?
These questions are always relevant to people working in the Tangata Whenua Community and Voluntary sector. In a time when organisations face significant pressure to show results, being able to answer these questions takes on heightened importance.
A new “What Works” programme will support people working in the sector to better understand the impact of their work and pour learning into day-to-day practices.
Promoting a learning and continuously improving sector sits at the core of this. It’s vital the practices which serve the sector well are respected as we do this.
Why we initiated this project?
Organisations are experiencing significant pressure to provide evidence of the impact they are having.
This message came through loud and clear at our Community Dialogues in 16 centres around Aotearoa between November 2012 and 2013.
People also told us that they are under pressures to:
- provide evidence to show that their services are targeted at high priority areas
- collaborate with others, and gather data to show combined impact
- operate within an increasingly competitive funding environment
Responding to this feedback, Community Research commissioned a background paper to explore what options existed to support these needs.
After talking with stakeholders around the country, a follow-up options paper was prepared. Next steps to explore included developing a curated portal of resources, training and other peer-learning programmes, advocacy with wider partners, and development of better dissemination routes.
Community Research is inviting ideas, resources and support form other partners to expand the scope of the programme.
What is coming?
The “What Works” programme will begin by offering:
- A specialist Website – new web-based collection of resources
- Training via webinars, workshops and hui
- Advocacy and awareness-raising, and
- Exploring establishment of peer-learning networks.
When we deliver “What Works” this will always aim to incorporate Treaty-based and culturally-responsive approaches.