Aboriginal Co-Design and Evidence

We’re building a system that supports the needs of Aboriginal children, young people and their families. Throughout this process, we acknowledge and support the cultural needs of Aboriginal people and communities, and engage with community leaders on service design and delivery.

To ensure that support is culturally appropriate and needs-based, we’re partnering with Aboriginal organisations and local leaders to co-design solutions, while through the Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership project, experts and program leaders are helping to build an evidence base of programs and services that work best for Aboriginal children, young people and families.

Co-design with Aboriginal communities

The principle of co-design ensures support programs are community driven and led, and designed with local Aboriginal communities.

Co-designed, needs-based supports and initiatives are crucial to reducing the overrepresentation of Aboriginal children and young people in out-of-home care. More than seven per cent of Aboriginal children in NSW are in out-of-home care compared to one per cent of all children in NSW, and innovative, locally-led solutions are urgently needed to address this figure.

Building evidence of what works

A priority of the reform is to implement programs that are evidence-based, have been rigorously evaluated and consistently demonstrate effectiveness. A strong evidence base allows locally designed services and programs to be strengthened or modified to meet individual, family, community and cultural needs. It will significantly boost the evidence currently available of what works best for Aboriginal children, young people, families and communities for better wellbeing outcomes.

Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership project

The Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership project will help to develop a stronger evidence base of programs and services that work best for Aboriginal children, young people, families, and communities. It will:

  • identify Aboriginal programs that are showing promise of improving individual, family and community outcomes.  Linking with experts, Aboriginal service providers will be supported to improve their evidence building or evaluation capabilities
  • bring together partnerships involving local Aboriginal leaders, community organisations, service providers and researchers to co-design the research methods and evaluation processes
  • co-develop a stronger evidence base, allowing services to be modified or expanded. In addition, local programs will be better equipped to demonstrate and showcase their success.

Are you achieving great outcomes for Aboriginal children, young people, and families?

Find out more about the Aboriginal Evidence Building in Partnership Project and how to participate by reading the flyer. For further information contact TFM-ACE@theirfuturesmatter.nsw.gov.au

image of aboriginal painting

Ngaliinba Mariyang – Our Future
Artist: Saretta Fielding, Wonaruah

This artwork represents our partnership with Aboriginal communities. Central to the work are three traditional people symbols reflective of Their Futures Matter, with further people symbols facing outward toward community.

Circling this imagery is a pathway that reflects the journey travelled by all stakeholders to create strong partnerships between community, Aboriginal organisations and government.

Red gathering circles upon this path depict Aboriginal tribal groups across the NSW footprint, alongside all stakeholders. The outer people symbols facing into the centre hold a threefold meaning: nurturing of our children, supporting families toward better outcomes and embracing a shared vision of great futures for all.

The Future System – pillars of the reform

Our vision is to create a coordinated service system that delivers evidence-based, wraparound supports for children and families to transform their life outcomes.