FACS Analysis and Research (FACSAR) conducts and supports analysis, research and evaluation across FACS. FACSAR also works with other government and non-government agencies and research organisations on specific projects, data linkage and research and evaluation activities. This work helps to drive the use of evidence by FACS and our stakeholders so that we can continually improve what we do.
Our vision is to improve outcomes for people and impact on intergenerational disadvantage by ensuring decisions are evidence-based and investment is targeted. One of our key objectives is embedding the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework in FACS.
The following four principles direct the way we work and deliver our projects:
Excellence – Being leaders in our fields of expertise, ensuring high quality products and services built around up to date analytics and research techniques.
Easy to understand analysis and insights – Providing timely, reliable and insightful information that focuses on answering key policy questions.
Client voice – Incorporate the voice of our clients in developing the evidence base to support policy development and service implementation.
Innovation and creativity – work across FACS to support innovation and creativity in service design and delivery.
The FACSAR Business Plan for 2016-2017 outlines FACSAR’s key strategic objectives and priority projects.
Our publications communicate key findings to a broad audience and feature full reports, commissioned reports and short summary documents.
The FACSAR Research Seminar Series showcases research studies supported through the FACS External Research Program. The series facilitates the dissemination of new and emerging research evidence for policy makers and practitioners.
The inaugural FACSAR Research Seminar was held on 11 May 2017. The theme of the seminar was Improving the outcomes of Aboriginal clients. The first presentation demonstrates the potential of large-scale population-based studies to improve interventions to support childhood health and development, drawing on analyses of the Seeding Success data resource. This is followed by an overview of Footprints in Time, the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children, and some recent study findings. The final presentation examines the impact of maltreatment on childhood development, focusing on cognitive models of emotion regulation and social understanding. The three presentations focus on the research methodology, key findings and insights for FACS policy and practice. The seminar was chaired by Kate Alexander, Executive Director, Office of the Senior Practitioner, FACS.
Dr Kathleen Falster, Australian National University and the University of New South Wales
Fiona Skelton, National Centre for Longitudinal Data, Department of Social Services
Dr Paul Gray, Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec)
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