Abstract: This report, by the Social Policy Research Centre, is one of three themed studies undertaken for the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs as part of the national evaluation 2004–2008 of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy (SFCS) 2004–2009. The themed studies are part of a cross-strategy evaluation of SFCS 2004–2009 designed to explore particular issues in-depth, and to identify common themes across the Communities for Children (CfC), Local Answers (LA) and Invest to Grow (ItG) programs. The Indigenous families and children themed study aims to identify the impact of LA, ItG and CfC on service provision and coordination in communities with high proportions of Indigenous children. Through understanding changes to service provision and coordination, the study also seeks to identify the impact of the programs on the lives of Indigenous families and children. A literature review, telephone and face-to-face interviews, focus groups and document analysis were undertaken to reach these aims. While limited information was available on LA projects, this study has found a number of common themes between CfC and ItG. Many findings throughout this report may be relevant to other community-based Indigenous programs, including LA. The report examines service provision, service coordination, Indigenous families and children in CfC sites, factors that facilitate or hinder service provision and outcomes, and sustainability. The findings are summarised below.
Notes: Report for the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs