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Using collective impact to turn talk into action in Ceduna

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Using collective impact to turn talk into action in Ceduna

The Ceduna Service Reform, informed by a collective impact approach, is focusing the efforts and resources of government, non-government and community to address longstanding concerns about the safety and wellbeing of often-transient Aboriginal people who sleep rough and drink heavily in places in and around Ceduna. The Reform is addressing recommendations arising from a Coronial inquest in 2011 into the deaths of six Aboriginal people in and around Ceduna, and a subsequent Cabinet directive that challenged agencies to work together to make an impact on these issues.

A collective impact approach recognises that no sector has the ability and mandate to address longstanding, complex and manifold social issues in isolation. The Ceduna Service Reform, building on the good work already happening in Ceduna, brings stakeholders together through a common vision and a shared sense of urgency and commitment. The agreed focus is the crucial outcome of decreasing alcohol-related injuries and fatalities, which will fuel collaborative action to address other priority outcomes in the future.

Shared measurement is fundamental to this reform, and data evidence of impact has been strong enough to secure financial endorsement for three years through a number of government agencies and to see the continued commitment of a growing number of stakeholders.

But it isn’t all smooth sailing…

This presentation will provide practical skills for designing a place-based, collective impact project that turns talk into action around the complex issues associated with alcohol and other drugs. We will use the five conditions of collective impact as a framework for discussion, and draw from our experiences – the highs and the lows – over the two-year development of the Ceduna Service Reform.