Corporate plan: Text descriptions

AIFS' values & behaviours

Champions of our work and of each other
We want everyone's boat to rise: we take collective pride in each other's work and success

Excellent for impact
We are committed to producing excellent work that makes a difference for families

Fearless and curious explorers
We value experimentation, creativity and ongoing learning

Honest and respectful conversations
We are authentic and have honest conversations, including the tough ones

Seeing the lighter side
We value collegiality, humour and fun


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Families Framework

What do FAMILIES do?

  • FAMILIES care for and support each other
  • FAMILIES are part of communities and the economy
  • FAMILIES raise children

Life stages and transitions

  • Childhood
  • Adolescence & early adulthood
  • Family formation
  • Ageing
  • Life events
  • Disability

Family relationships

  • Parents & children
  • Couples
  • Step families
  • Indigenous families
  • Culturally diverse families
  • Same–sex parented families

Social& exconomic participation

  • Finances & poverty
  • Income support
  • Housing & location
  • Education
  • Paid & unpaid work
  • Child care & preschool
  • Services for families

Challenges for families

  • Violence
  • Child abuse & neglect
  • Mental ill–health
  • Gambling
  • Drugs & alcohol
  • Care for family members
  • Conflict & relationship breakdown

External trends

  • Social, Cultural
  • Technological
  • Economic
  • Environmental

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Families Framework Tree

A Families Framework tree diagram. 

What do families do?

  • Raise children
  • Care for and support each other
  • Are part of communities and the economy

What helps or hinders families do it better?

  • Legislation
  • Service systems
  • Policies
  • Relationships & community

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Figure 1: AIFS Strategic Planning Framework

STRATEGIC

Families Framework
Our understanding of families, their role, and what supports them

Impact pathways
How our work achieves impact

Strategic directions
Long-term goals and yearly initiatives

OPERATIONAL

Capability assessment & planning
People, systems, processes capability requirements

Strategic initiatives (planning)
Project Discovery Business Case endorsement

Strategic initiatives (implementation)
Project sponsorship and governance

Internal monitoring & reporting
Quarterly reporting Biannual review 

PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT AND REPORTING FRAMEWORK

GOVERNANCE AND MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK

AIFS VALUES


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Figure 2: AIFS' Pathway to Impact

Our ability to influence outcomes becomes more tenuous the further along the impact pathway we focus

Limited influence

IMPACT ON FAMILIES

Laws, policies, systems, services and practices support the wellbeing of children and families

IMPACT ON BENEFICIARIES

Governments and services use AIFS’ research to design effective policies and programs for children and families

BENEFITS: THE VALUE AIFS PROVIDES

  • Better understanding of issues
  • Potential policy solutions to consider
  • Enhanced capacity to use research
  • Trusted research partner
  • Access to relevant research
  • Evidence to support service development
  • Evaluation capacity building

Indirect influence

BENEFICIARIES: WHO BENEFITS FROM OUR WORK?

Policy makers and Government

Service Sector

PURPOSE: WHY WE EXIST

To create and communicate knowledge that accelerates positive outcomes for children and families

GOALS: OUR LONG-TERM AIMS

  1. National research leadership
  2. Leading source of relevant, timely and accessible knowledge and resources
  3. Influence national conversations and action on child and family wellbeing
  4. Sustainability as an independent research institute

Direct influence

PILLARS: WHAT WE DO

CREATE

COMMUNICATE

CONNECT & COLLABORATE

ACTIVATE

STRATEGIC INITIATIVES


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Four organisational pillars

PILLAR 01

Create

Creating high–quality, impartial researcg relating to the wellbeing of families in Australia

PILLAR 02

Communicate

Disseminating findings through multiple channels to identified target audiences

PILLAR 03

Connect & collaborate

with policy, practivce and research organisations to improve capabilities and facilitate evidence–informed action to improve the wellbeing of children and families

PILLAR 04

Activate

Building and maintaining a successful organisational culture that ensures high standards of performance, behaviour, risk and resource management, and governance and accountability procedures


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Figure 3: AIFS' Strategic Pillars and Goals

Our purpose: To create and communicate knowledge that accelerates positive outcomes for children and families

CREATE

Research and advice in the design, implementation and evaluation of policy and practice

OUR GOAL

AIFS is recognised as the premier research organisation investigating factors affecting the wellbeing of children  and families.

Government and non-government sectors engage us to undertake research and provide advice that informs policy, practice and program development.

COMMUNICATE

Resources and education for policy, practice, research and the public

OUR GOAL

AIFS is the leading source of accessible, timely and relevant resources and research evidence to support the work of policy and practice and to inform the broader community.

Our resources are used to inform national discussions about family and wellbeing.

CONNECT & COLLABORATE

Bringing policy makers, service providers and researchers together

OUR GOAL

AIFS is recognised as a thought leader in accelerating positive outcomes for children, families and communities.

We facilitate cross-sector collaboration and we influence national conversations about family and wellbeing.

ACTIVATE

Nurturing a culture of excellence, collegiality, courage, curiosity and humour

Sustainability as an independent Institute

OUR GOAL

We are operationally efficient and financially sustainable.

We maintain a sustainable program of incoming research that enables AIFS to achieve our purpose.

We maintain a culture that promotes excellence for impact, innovation, and staff wellbeing and engagement.


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Figure 4: AIFS Strategic Initiatives 2019/20

Our purpose: To create and communicate knowledge that accelerates positive outcomes for children and families

PILLAR 01

CREATE

Research and advice in the design, implementation and evaluation of policy and practice

OUR GOALS

AIFS is recognised as the premier research organisation investigating factors affecting the wellbeing of children and families.

Government and non-government sectors engage us to undertake research and provide advice that informs policy, practice and program development.

19/20 INITIATIVES

  • Implement Knowledge Translation and Impact (KTI) strategies at the Research Program and Project levels

PILLAR 02

COMMUNICATE

Resources and education for policy, practice, research and the public

OUR GOALS

AIFS is the leading source of accessible, timely and relevant resources and research evidence which is useful for policy and practice and the broader community.

Our resources are used to inform rational discussions about family and wellbeing.

19/20 INITIATIVES

  • Plan and deliver AIFS 2020 Conference
  • Develop Implementation Strategy for upgrade of content management system
  • Develop new Content Management Strategy for website

PILLAR 03

CONNECT & COLLABORATE

Bringing policy makers, service providers and researchers together

OUR GOALS

AIFS is recognised as thought leader in accelerating positive outcomes for children, families and communities.

We facilitate cross-sector collaboration and we influence national conversations about child and family wellbeing.

19/20 INITIATIVES

    • Develop and implement AIFS Knowledge Translation and Impact (KTI) Blueprint
    • Develop KTI strategies for Research programs
    • Deliver capacity building training (KTI Lab)
    • Deliver AIFS 2020 Conference

PILLAR 04

ACTIVATE

Sustainability as an independent research Institute

OUR GOALS

We are operationally efficient and financially sustainable.

We maintain a sustainable program of research contracts that enables AIFS to achieve our purpose.

We maintain a culture that promotes excellence for impact, innovation, and staff wellbeing and engagement.

19/20 INITIATIVES

    • Review and refine AIFS Recruitment strategy
    • Design and implement Learning and Development program
    • Transition TechOne shared finance services to business-as-usual practice
    • Upgrade AIFS Data Management Strategy for future capability requirements 

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