Q Shelter hosted a workshop on 8th July to commence the designing of an Action Research framework that will capture outcomes and impacts of the initiative at the regional and state-wide level. The workshop was well attended, and Q Shelter would like to thank representatives from Department of Housing and Public Works, Encircle, Gold Coast Homelessness Network and Integrated Family and Youth Services. Q Shelter would also like to thank Associate Professor Cameron Parsell from the Institute for Social Sciences Research , University of Queensland in attending and providing evaluation insights.
Adopting a highly participatory research approach, workshop participants were invited to explore the initiative vision and goals, and to provide input into the development of key research questions. Governance, ethics, and managing sensitive information was also discussed, highlighting the importance of having robust processes in place to cover the collection, management and reporting of primary data.
With place-based care coordination positions located across the nine priority locations, a collective impact approach has been adopted to ensure that, through the backbone support provided by Q Shelter, a shared vision and set of measures is established, mutually reinforcing activities are identified and actioned, and open communication is maintained that leads to genuine service collaboration.
With all organisations playing a key role in the contribution to the design and implementation of the study, Q Shelter will be taking away the rich discussion gained through the workshop. Once the research framework has been crafted and tested, it will be made available, along with further supporting guidelines to those providing data into the study.
Q Shelter would like to thank everyone again for their input to this point, and in advance for their participation in the action research study.
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