Communities for Children requirements
This information is for organisations running programs funded by the Department of Social Services (DSS) under the Communities for Children Facilitating Partners sub-activity of the Families and Children Activity.
If your organisation is not funded under Communities for Children, this section isn’t for you. For general information about delivery quality programs for families and children, see the Program Planning and Evaluation Guide.
50% evidence-based program requirement
Under the Communities for Children Facilitating Partners sub-activity, Facilitating Partners work with Community Partners to deliver programs and services.
In 2017, DSS introduced a requirement that Facilitating Partners allocate at least 50% of their funding to high-quality evidence-based programs.
There are two ways Facilitating Partners can meet this requirement:
Choose an existing program from a list of approved evidence-based programs.
Submit your own program to the Australian Institute of Family Studies for approval as evidence-based.
Collecting evaluation data during COVID-19
Due to the coronavirus pandemic you might have paused, adapted or cancelled a program. These changes can impact your ability to achieve program outcomes, and the data you collect now might not be comparable to the data you collected earlier in the program cycle.
If you are planning to collect evaluation data as part of the 50% requirement, we encourage you to contact AIFS Evidence and Evaluation Support to discuss possible implications of COVID-19.
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