Exploring the Efficacy of an integrated Child and Family Service Model
In 2007 members of the CFRC were approached by UnitingCare Burnside to embed research in the earliest stages of the development of a new service in St Marys that would adopt an integrated model of service delivery to support vulnerable families. A team of researchers from the CFRC, including Professor Jennifer Bowes, Dr Rebekah Grace, Dr Frances Gibson and Dr Anne McMaugh, secured a Macquarie University Collaborative Grant with UnitingCare Burnside to pursue this research.
Involvement with this service from its earliest days has allowed us to document the development of the service as it has worked towards achieving a genuinely integrated model of service delivery. This research was originally designed to be conducted in two phases of data collection approximately 9 months apart. Parent interview data along with quantitative parent and child outcome data were collected at both Phase 1 and 2 and compared in our analysis. Interview data from the workers in the service was also gathered at Phase 1 and Phase 2. Phase 1findings have been presented in a report.Analysis of Phase 2 data is completed and will be presented in a report to be completed by the end of July. UnitingCare Burnside has provided the funds to extend this research to a Phase 3 data collection point, as well as follow-up with families when their oldest child enters school. Phase 3 will be completed late in 2010.
Macquarie University Collaborative Grant
Uniting Care Burnside