Working together: Government, Philanthropy and Research: The Early Years Initiative in Western Australia

Working together: Government, Philanthropy and Research: The Early Years Initiative in Western Australia
Friday 27 July, 0930 – 1100

Abstract
On the 13 March 2018 the Early Years Initiative was announced in Western Australia. It will establish a ten-year partnership to bring community leaders, all levels of government, researchers, business and philanthropic organisations together to improve community capacity and design and deliver services to improve the learning and development of 0-4 year old children.

The Telethon Kids Institute and the Minderoo Foundation, working together as CoLab, will partner with the Western Australian Government in this $50million dollar project. It will trial, test and evaluate community-led, evidence-informed approaches to child development in four low income communities across metropolitan, regional and remote Western Australia. Communities will be supported to develop and implement their own evidence-informed plans with a singular target – to have no vulnerable children when they enter school (measured by the AEDC).

The project has bold aspirations. Community want more say in how their children are raised, Government is serious about service re-design; researchers want improved translation and philanthropy are determined to have greater impact. They all agree that to do this collaboration is essential – but more importantly, communities have to be empowered.

This presentation will provide an overview of the Early Years Initiative with a focus on its design and implementation. It will provide four separate perspectives on the project: Community; Government, Philanthropy and Research. These are described below.