Borderlands consultants have acquired – through the more than 100 consultancies and research/evaluations conducted over the 15 years of its existence, together with our previous academic and professional research – a diverse range of transferable social research, evaluation and community consultative skills.
We have an extensive network of contacts throughout Victoria in the community, voluntary and government sectors at local and state levels, as a result of previous and ongoing community consultations, community development projects, and personal connections.
At present, Borderlands Cooperative is being sought out by Local Councils, non-governmental and community-based organisations to support them in processes of building-in ongoing reflection and evaluation toward sustainability of projects and their impact for and on the populations and users relevant to their services.
Below is a list of past and present projects. Please contact us if you would like more information.
Post Bush Fire Community Development
- Burnt Out – Kinglake Ranges TV – Digital Storytelling Project: empower the voices of Black Saturday fire-impacted citizens and enable personal and community experiences of disaster, and of recovery, to be recorded and shared.
- Catholic Care: Kinglake post fire- Restorative justice :information of the CatholicCare’s Community Development & Community Leadership Enablement Policy Framework with participatory action learning and developmental processes.
- City of Port Phillip – continuing the 10 year collaboration over a number of projects (activation of the Health and Well-being Plan 2007-2013)
Evaluation and Consultancy
- Kildonan Uniting Care – Bushfire Community Support, Peer Support and Youth Rebuild
- MOSS and Bethany – evaluating a prevention program against homelessness, proving support to children of homeless families (Northern Victoria) – 2011-2012
- Women’s and Men’s Help Cards – evalution of a domestic violence prevention and intervention tool for Women Health In the North – June – October 2012
- Darebin Housing Strategy – Helping Council to provide affordable housing for its inhabitants – 2012
Past Projects – Categories
- Family/Domestic Violence
- Community Development
- Organisational Development
- Research Gathering
- Community Health and Disability
- Community Learning/Educational
- Community Arts
- Eastern Metropolitan Region Management Forum (City of Knox): Strategic Plan for volunteering and civic participation region covering seven municipalities, and approx 1 million people (more . . .)
- Consortium: Doncare, Manningham Centre Association, Manningham Community Health Service, Migrant Information Centre (Eastern Region), 2005-2007: Development of coordinated volunteer management system, including website & database.
- Australian Volunteers International, 2004: Writing Vision Statement for AVI’s approach to development, with theoretical exposition of volunteering in international development field.
- Eastern Volunteer Recruitment Project (EVRP), 2003: Borderlands’ recruited to take over and complete EVRP for Home & Community Care in Melbourne’s Eastern Region ( semi-rural). Quantitative & qualitative analysis of data & design of recruitment and retention strategies.
- Frankston/Mornington Peninsula Volunteer Resource Group, a collective of nine community agencies & 2 local governments, 2002: Feasibility study of resource centre for volunteers and design of locally relevant model. Qualitative & quantitative questionnaires, interviews & focus groups with over 100 stakeholders. Data analysis from over 220 NGO responses.
FAMILY/DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROJECTS
- Inner South Community Health Service, Melbourne, 2006-2007: The Listening To What Matters evaluated men’s responsibility family violence program by interviewing women partners (or ex-partners). The findings, extensive literature review, interviews with other family violence program staff, will inform the future developments.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
- Walk Rest Talk – May 2012 : increasing road safety for elder pedestrians (Balwin/Boroondara).
- Victorian Housing cooperative – March 2012– developing a model of co-operative and sustainable housing (Melbourne and Victoria).
- Bushfire CRC (CIRCLE, RMIT), 2007: Assistance for writing up (for publication) qualitative research data from 2005 Wangary (South Australian) bushfire. Research article highlights salience of local ties of primary sociality, local knowledge and experience for developing situated and contextualised community safety programs for successful partnerships with SES, ngos and government organisations.
- City of Boroondara, School Focussed Youth Services, 2006-2007: Review of counselling and support needs of families with primary school age children to establish baseline data for future resource allocation by City Council and the SFYS. Semi-structured interviews with local state and private school staff and local family service providers.
- Holy Family Parish, Mt Waverley, Melbourne, 2001: Young people consulted about their involvement in the church, to recommend inclusive practices to parish.
ORGANISATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
- Australian Association of Social Workers, 2006: Structural review of the Association.
RESEARCH GATHERING PROJECTS
- Chisholm TAFE, 2006: Seven focus groups with sessional staff to explore support strategies required for quality improvement.
- Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation Victoria, 2003-2006: Borderlands Cooperative was engaged to design and implement the evaluation of the Fanning the Flames of Reconciliation Project, a state-wide community education project, using participatory action research (PAR) principles. We provided support to project workers and others on evaluation techniques and PAR processes as well as provided support for the further development of reconciliation initiatives. The final evaluation report detailed the numerous projects that together made up the bigger project and suggested ways forward for future community developments.
- Geelong Food Relief Centre, 2005-2006: Borderlands Cooperative contracted to evaluate a food relief centre in the state’s largest regional centre with the aim of establishing why there is an ongoing need for such a centre, how the centre is used and viewed by all stakeholders, and to give recommendations as to how to improve the operation of the centre.
- World Vision Australia, 2002-2003: Borderlands was engaged to research and develop a framework as an organisational educational tool for understanding (and reducing) poverties and give recommendations as to the emphasis that should be given to the work of different organisational divisions within WVA. This constituted the second phase to the initial one that she worked on (see below).
- World Vision Australia, 2001: Borderlands was engaged in an extensive organisational monitoring and evaluation of existing understandings of poverty and poverty reduction across the organisation’s divisions. An extensive written report provided recommendations for the second phase of the project.
COMMUNITY HEALTH AND DISABILITY PROJECTS
- Disability Access and Inclusion Plan Review – City of Boroondara, June 2012: Evaluation of the DAIP through consultancy with residents with a disability in order to improve their daily life access and inclusion. Seeking community feedback regarding Boroondara’s DAIP.
- The Women’s, 2011: Improving health experiences for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women.
- SEAM Project Inclusion Melbourne, 2010-2011: Improving the interconnectedness of disability organizations
- Direct Employment, 2009.
- Multicultural Services Unit, Mercy Women’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia, 2003-2004: BL advised and assisted the Coordinator of the Multicultural Services Unit as to how best to complete this research project, which examined Italian immigrant women’s experiences of health services from data collected in the 1990s.
COMMUNITY LEARNING/EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS
- Australian Association of Social Workers, Victoria, 2007: Borderlands has been contracted to examine how members of the AASW (and non-member social workers) view the need for and requirements of (and gaps in) the now mandatory Continuing Professional Education policy in providing an infrastructure for meeting the acknowledged requirements of continuing education.
- Community Learning Partners’ Critical Reference Group comprised of representatives of Gawith Villa, Deakin University, several disability groups & ANZ Trustees, 2003: Evaluation of the participatory processes of the project’s Critical Reference Group and their likelihood of achieving the project’s objectives entailing the production of adult learning materials designed for people with intellectual disabilities working collaboratively with people without disabilities in commercial, recreational and adult educational situations. The working group was comprised equally of people with intellectual disabilities and those without disabilities and included representatives from disability activist and advocate agencies, ANZ Trustees, Deakin University, and neighbourhood houses.
COMMUNITY ARTS PROJECTS
- Port Phillip Community Group Arts Project, 2005.
- City of Port Phillip, Melbourne, 2001: Borderlands was engaged to design and coordinate the initial community consultation process for the margins, memories and markers’ Project. Findings of the consultation process were documented for the purposes of providing input into the City’s project team that was responsible for overseeing the actual creation of the public art installations throughout the City of Port Phillip.