Family 100 Western Australia research project: Understanding the lived experience of entrenched disadvantage

Program evaluation snapshots
Wednesday 25 July, 1210 – 1220


Dr Susan Young
University of Western Australia

Researchers from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and six not-for-profit service providers in Perth, Western Australia (WA) are posing the question “What makes it so hard for families to break free from entrenched disadvantage?”

The research team will follow 100 diverse families over time to understand what enables and inhibits positive change, mapping their interactions with agencies and their outcomes. This collaborative research project will be implemented over three years and is intended to help policy makers and service agencies review and revise their practices and policies to better address the needs of people living in entrenched disadvantage. Developed from the Auckland City Mission Family 100 project of 2013–14, this project seeks to understand the lived experience of families; develop a comprehensive evidence base of the causes and structure of entrenched disadvantage in WA; use these understandings to inform on-the-ground, inter-sector collaborative practice in WA agencies and beyond; and evaluate current social and economic policy and practice settings.

Similar to the New Zealand project, it is expected that this project will have benefits for the families who participate directly, families as recipients of services in the service sector and more broadly the community of WA in being able to design appropriate service models to better meet the needs of families living in entrenched disadvantage.

This presentation will describe the current WA context, project methodology covering three phases of activity, and understandings to date on the complexities of entrenched disadvantage.