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On 14 July 2021, the Family and Community Services Insights, Analysis and Research (FACSIAR) from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice hosted a DCJ Research Strategy webinar with an introduction from Secretary Michael Coutts Trotter.

Guest speakers include Dr Kathleen Falster, Senior Lecturer at the UNSW School of Population Health and Associate Professor Paul Gray from the Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research at the University of Technology, Sydney.

The webinar discussed the followings:

  • DCJ’s strategic direction to ensure that research focuses on filling evidence gaps and generates insights to improve policy, service delivery and client outcomes across all our Divisions and service streams.
  • Access to the HSDS which is unprecedented in scale in NSW, bringing together 27 years of data and over 7 million records about children, young people and families, from across government.
  • Access to POCLS data asset which brings together 10 years of longitudinal information on children and young people in out-of-home care in NSW.
  • How research with linked data can inform child and family policy and practice.

Interested in more information about DCJ Research Strategy, Human Services Dataset, Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study please visit

Missed the webinar?  You can watch it below

The below videos were pre-recorded and captioned for your convenience

Michael Coutts - Trotter, Secretary, DCJ - Welcome and introduction
Dr Jessica Stewart - Overview of the DCJ Research Strategy and Human Services Dataset
Merran Butler – Overview the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study
Dr Kathleen Falster (UNSW) and Dr Paul Gray (UTS) presentation - Improving child and family outcomes: Building policy relevant evidence using linked data

Webinar Presentation Slides

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Last updated: 18 Jan 2023