Community Strengthening Data Project

About the Project

LCSA has been funded by Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) for the Targeted Early Intervention (TEI) Community Strengthening Data Project (CSDP).

The objective of this project is to develop a Community Strengthening Data Set that adds value and complements the Data Exchange (DEX) compliance data collated under the TEI Program and showcases activities that are designed to build strong and resilient communities, preventing issues from arising in the first place.

Further objectives of the project are to:

  • Develop an IT solution for collecting Community Strengthening Data including data on social capital, service collaboration and sector development
  • Establish a co-design process working with a Project Reference Group and at least 2 pilot site groups
  • Make recommendations to DCJ for further implementation of the project, and ultimately
  • Curate and present a Community Strengthening Data Report to both the sector and DCJ

LCSA is the lead agency and is working in partnership with the DCJ Central Office (TEI Team) to ensure all processes fit together and are engaged in all aspects of the project.

Pilot Project

A Community Wellbeing Survey was developed for Community Strengthening organisations to distribute to their clients, community members and stakeholders to:

  1. Better understand how our services contribute to community wellbeing.
  2. Tell the story behind the data reported in the Data Exchange (DEX)
  3. Collect consistent information about community wellbeing

As of November 2022 the Community Wellbeing Survey has been formally endorsed by DCJ as an optional data tool for TEI funded services.

The Pilot Report

In 2021 LCSA ran a pilot project to trial the Community Wellbeing Survey. All TEI funded services delivering Community Strengthening program activities were invited to participate in piloting the Community Wellbeing Survey in their communities. Overall, 44 organisations signed up for the pilot, which ran over two 2-month periods.

Download a copy of the Pilot Report, which includes as copy of the survey in the appendix.

Pilot Project Report

How to participate

Any TEI service delivering community strengthening activities can opt-in to using this tool by sending an email to [email protected]

A snapshot month approach will be used in February and August each year to coincide with each DEX reporting period. By opting-in we will contact you in the lead up to the first snapshot month (being February 2023) for further instructions.

Organisations that choose to use the tool will be invited to attend Community of Practice meetings going forward.

LCSA will be promoting the optional tool at the Members District Meetings during November and December 2022.

More Information

For further information please contact Can Yasmut (Executive Officer, LCSA) on (02) 9660 2044 or email [email protected]