• Evaluation of Reach Hunter Region Pilot Program

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    In 2013, Reach commenced a regional pilot program in the Hunter Region of NSW, funded by BHP Billiton. The main aim of the Hunter Regional Pilot was to create a model for the sustainable delivery of Reach programs in regional Australia. Hunter Research Foundation (HRF) was engaged to develop a comprehensive evaluation program alongside and in tandem with the implementation of Reach to provide empirical evidence of the impact of Reach on Hunter students (wellbeing and protective measures), to obtain feedback from students and teachers about their Reach experience, to document other tangible outcomes at each school and provide insights to guide the future implementation of Reach school-based programs and evaluations in a regional context.

    Our involvement

    Delivery of Phase 1 took place in 2013 with a focus group of teachers from schools in Sydney and the Illawarra who had undertaken Reach activities in their schools to help inform the roll out of both the Reach Pilot Program and the evaluation activities in the Hunter Region. HRF also commenced developing the evaluation tools and methods during 2013. Phase 2 of the evaluation program began in 2014. Feedback was obtained from teachers using a combination of online surveys and in-depth telephone interviews. Feedback from students and assessments of the impact of Reach were conducted by way of online and paper-based surveys administered to students at three key points during the year; baseline, post-workshop and end-of-year. The results were analysed and presented in a comprehensive report.

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    The Reach Foundation

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  • Proposed Wickham Interchange New Design - Business and Community views

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    Undertaken on behalf of Transport for NSW to inform the detailed design of the new Wickham Transport Interchange and in particular the look and feel and how the environment could be enhanced. The results are based on the outcomes of three focus group discussions with local business operators and residents from the area around the new interchange.

    CLIENT’S REACTION

    “Outcomes from the focus group report were succinct which will assist with implementation and the report was of a high quality. We are looking forward to other opportunities to work with HRF in the future.” Aaron Klaren, Transport for NSW

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    Transport for NSW

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  • Wellbeing of Newcastle Residents

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    HRF was commissioned to conduct a research program including both objective and subjective measures of wellbeing to allow The City of Newcastle (CofN) to ensure that that they are able to effectively plan services and initiatives that will have positive impacts on interaction within communities, and which may also assist residents to live richer and more fulfilled lives. Another important imperative for this research is the Integrated Planning and Reporting Framework (IPR) in NSW which requires clear progress indicators to service the various plans.

    In 2012, HRF produced the second report in this series, based on a selection of data generated from the HRF Wellbeing Survey. The previous edition was based on data collected in previous waves of the Wellbeing Survey. The information contained in the second edition of the Wellbeing of Newcastle Residents Report was similar to the earlier editions in offering comparison of changes over time for the variables of interest.

    “The research makes a valuable contribution to understanding community trends over time and links well to the social determinants of health. Local government needs to develop a better understanding of our role in contributing to wellbeing outcomes.”

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    The City of Newcastle

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  • Aboriginal Situational Analysis

    This study was designed to provide an evidence-base for planning and decision-making by Coal and Allied’s Aboriginal Development Consultative Committee (ADCC).

    HRF investigated access and barriers to health services, education and employment for Aboriginal residents in the Upper Hunter Valley in partnership with Indigenous researchers from the University of Newcastle’s Wollotuka Institute, for the benefit of the Upper Hunter Aboriginal communities.

    The project built on HRF’s prior experience in conducting an evaluation of the operation of the Aboriginal Access and Assessment Team on behalf of the then NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

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    Coal & Allied

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  • Central Coast Quality of Life Study

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    HRF was commissioned in 2007 and 2012 to conduct the Central Coast Quality of Life (CCQoL) Survey. The objectives of the 2012 project were to:
    Conduct the second Central Coast Quality of Life Survey to collect objective and subjective quality of life data at a regional and local level based on the survey carried out in 2007. This included the collection of personal and societal data within the seven life domains:

    a. Achievements in life

    b. Standard of living

    c. Personal relationships

    d. Community connectedness

    e. Safety

    f. Future security

    g. Health

    Prepare a report of the survey results that provides a detailed analysis and interpretation of findings at a regional and local government area (LGA) level.

    “The study provided Council with baseline information that allows us, for the first time, to measure how our planning affects the quality of life of Gosford City residents.”

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    Gosford City Council and Wyong Shire Council

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  • Aboriginal Access and Assessment Team Evaluation

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    Hunter Research Foundation conducted a broad-ranging evaluation of a new State-wide program for access to some of the agency’s services for Aboriginal clients.

    The project included workshops and in-depth interviews with key stakeholders, a phone survey of Aboriginal clients, and analysis of administrative data. The phone survey achieved an exceptionally high response rate and the final report provided information and recommendations for decision-making about future development of the program for the benefit of the Aboriginal community.

    “The project formed the basis of a presentation to the international conference of the Australasian Evaluation Society in Canberra in September 2009.”

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    NSW Department of Ageing, Disability and Aged Care

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  • Community attitudes to the development of the Nelson Bay town centre

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    HRF was commissioned by Port Stephens Council (PSC) in 2011 to conduct a rigorous community consultation process to guide the further development and finalisation of a Growth Strategy for Nelson Bay. The task focused on formulation of survey methodology, applied research and analysis, to determine stakeholder views on development of the Nelson Bay town centre, as envisaged
    in the revised Nelson Bay 2030 Strategy.

    “I have been so impressed with the project outcomes that I have advised other NSW councils to contact HRF if they are considering similar survey work.”

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    Port Stephens Council

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