Place-based Evaluation Framework and Toolkit

Evaluating place-based approaches

There is no ‘one size fits all’ method for evaluating place-based approaches. Evaluation needs to be situation specific and based on the collective needs of community and stakeholders.

The place-based evaluation framework and toolkit has been designed to help communities and diverse partners implementing place-based approaches.  The framework and toolkit have been developed in way that they can be applied to place-based approaches with different levels of complexity and resourcing.

This nationally applicable place-based evaluation framework and toolkit were commissioned by the Queensland Government former Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and the Australian Government Department of Social Services, and applied to Logan Together as a proof-of-concept.

It was developed through a co-design process with input from over 100 practitioners and evaluators, led by Clear Horizon in partnership with the Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Collaboration for Impact and Community Services Industry Alliance.

The framework is relevant for planning, establishing and implementing the initial, middle and later years of place-based approaches. It outlines practical steps and things to consider when designing evaluation solutions. It also provides guidance and tools to help users to evaluate the processes, changes, impact and principles of place-based approaches.

The place-based evaluation framework outlines clear guidance on:

  • scoping evaluation projects at different phases of a place-based approach
  • setting up evaluation for multi-site place-based approaches
  • ensuring cultural capability in evaluation approaches
  • developing a theory of change and principles to guide the evaluation
  • selecting key evaluation questions, indicators and measures
  • ensuring ethical conduct of evaluations
  • planning resources required for an evaluation.

QCOSS Guide and Toolkit

Place-based approaches for community change

The Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), the former Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and the Queensland Family and Child Commission invested in the development of the Place-based approaches for community change. QCOSS’ guide and toolkit to build the capability of community members (including government and industry) to actively participate in place-based approaches.

The resource, developed by QCOSS, provides a useful overview of place-based approaches and focuses particularly on the important elements of community engagement and participation. At the centre of all successful place-based approaches (big or small) are communities and therefore, meaningful community engagement and participation is critical.

The resource outlines QCOSS’ experience in engaging with communities including Elders and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and offers some practical ideas and tools that may be useful in the early stages of place-based work.

Platform C

Platform C is a knowledge and learning platform created to offer support, learning and connections for people tackling big, tough problems and creating large-scale impact through collaboration.

This virtual hub is designed to be open and accessible it offers a library of helpful tools and resources curated from thought leaders and change-makers around the world regardless of budget or geography.

Based on the Collaborative Change Cycle, Platform C is fuelled by continuous learning and will grow over time to accelerate the emerging practice of collaboration on complex social change.