Sue and Gretchen facilitated a series of eight workshops across Queensland. The two-day workshops, involving up to 80 representatives of the community housing and homelessness sectors in each location, tested ideas and gathered input to inform new policy directions under the Department of Housing and Public Work's Partnering for Growth and Partnering for Impact frameworks.
Sue and Gretchen continued to support the Department in their development of the new policy settings through facilitation of further workshops and focus groups and the design of a stakeholder engagement strategy.
Gretchen and Katy were contracted to design and facilitate a process to develop a vision for the future of speech pathology in Australia. The project applied the principles and methods of strategic foresight.
Speech Pathology 2030: Making futures happen involved an environmental scan to surface trends relevant to speech pathology practice; interviews with clients and thought leaders to explore their experiences with the profession and gather perspectives on future directions; a process to conduct 90 locally-hosted conversations across every State and Territory within metropolitan, regional, rural, and remote communities; and face-to-face and online workshops across Australia to explore aspirations and possible responses to opportunities and challenges.
Speech Pathology 2030 integrates understanding of the past, insights about the present, and possibilities for the future to inform the profession’s direction for the next decade and beyond. The vision and aspirations presented were informed by more than 1,000 contributors.
Speech Pathology 2030 now provides the foundation for strategic planning for Speech Pathology Australia and has been a key reference for the review of competency standards for the profession.
Rachel and Katy were invited by the Community Services Industry Association to run a series of introductory evaluation workshops for community services in regional locations. These hands-on half-day workshops aimed to support services in using evaluation to improve their offerings, and to have more success in applying for grants, which generally have an evaluation requirement. A suite of fact sheets was developed to support the workshops.
An independent evaluation of the workshops found a high level of satisfaction amongst participants. Participants developed useful and practical skills and intended to use their new-found knowledge in improving their services and designing new services.
Sue and Gretchen designed and conducted a series of facilitated conversations with staff of the Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) and the Queensland Family and Child Commission as part of an evaluation of the Strengthening our Place project. The conversations, which relied upon open and frank discussions between the two organisations, explored the benefits, challenges and lessons learned from the government-community partnership model established between QCOSS and the Commission. Lessons learned about the place-based approach used for the project were also explored.
The outcomes of the conversations were used to develop a guide for other government agencies and community organisations that may wish to consider using a similar model.