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Platforms training

  • The Platforms training program is both practical and responsive to the needs of the participants. It is designed to equip those working in the early years sector with the knowledge and skills required to implement Platforms. 

    The program consists of five modules that may be taken consecutively or independently. 

    The  Platforms Professional Learning Framework details the aims of each module.

    Introduction to the Platforms approach: Working together for children and families

    How can services work together to better meet the needs of children and families to improve outcomes?

    Platforms is an approach to service redevelopment and collaboration developed by the Centre for Community Child Health that is based on working in partnership with community.

    In this one-day interactive workshop, you will discover the phases and steps of the Platforms approach, how Platforms has evolved, and how it has been applied and experienced in community settings. You will also explore factors that facilitate community engagement and the benefits of reflective practice. The workshop can be taken on its own or as an introduction to our series of two-day Platforms workshops.

    Course outcome: Participants will have a broad understanding of the Platforms approach, including its phases, steps and underpinning principles.

    Cost: Negotiable

    Duration: 1 day, on request. For enquiries email training.ccch@rch.org.au

    Getting started: Building community capacity for service collaboration

    Why change the way services work? How can services and communities work together to build capacity for change? 
    In this two-day interactive course, the facilitators will guide you through the process of working with community and services to build support for collaboration across services and communities. We will consider, in detail, the elements of genuine community engagement, including supporting community leadership and the processes that enable this to occur.

    The aim of this module is to increase:

    • awareness of the rationale for change and how to build this awareness within their communities;
    • understanding of the Platforms approach and the ability to use this approach within their communities;
    • understanding of the importance of community representation and participation in all planning and decision making processes;
    • understanding of a community partnership and its key components and how to translate this to their communities;
    • understanding of how best to work in partnership with communities and how to promote this within their community and;
    • capacity to engage a community partnership in developing a shared vision.

    Course outcome: Participants are able to engage with communities and work in partnership to address change.

    Cost: Negotiable

    Duration: 2 days, on request. For enquiries email training.ccch@rch.org.au

    Learning about your community: Using data to inform planning

    What are data? How do we collect data? What story does it tell us? How do we use it to inform our planning?

    This two-day interactive course will introduce you to a stepped approach to identifying, collecting and using data   to inform the planning for collaboration across services and communities to improved outcomes for children and their families. In this course, you will explore the different types, levels and sources of data available, and how to facilitate the planning of data collection with others using a partnership approach. You will develop your ability to use and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data, and to translate data findings into priorities for action.

    The aim of this module is to increase:

    • understanding of the different types, levels and sources of data that can be used to understand their community;
    • appreciation of the value of approaching data collection from an ecological approach;
    • awareness of how to facilitate the planning of data collection with others using a partnership approach;
    • awareness of how to gather data using a variety of methods, including community consultation;
    • ability to use and interpret both quantitative and qualitative data and;

    Course outcome: Participants will be able to identify, gather and interpret data about their community to inform the planning of a community initiative designed to improve outcomes for children.

    Cost: Negotiable

    Duration: 2 days, on request. For enquiries email training.ccch@rch.org.au

    Planning for change: An outcomes-based approach to planning and evaluating services

    What is an outcomes-based approach? How do we develop an implementation and evaluation plan using a partnership approach?

    An outcomes-based approach starts with the end in mind. It asks: ‘What change do we want?’ and works to develop strategies to bring about this change. The advantages of an outcomes-based approach include being clear on the outcomes sought, selecting strategies that are likely to produce positive outcomes, and being able to measure the impact of services and how these have or haven’t shown progress towards the expected outcomes.

    In this two-day interactive course, we will explore and reflect on these concepts in detail and how they apply to improving outcomes for children. The facilitators will introduce you to an outcomes-based approach to planning and evaluating a community initiative and guide you through the process of developing outcomes-based action and evaluation plans.

    The aim of this module is to increase:

    • understanding of the rationale behind an outcomes-based approach to planning and evaluating;
    • ability to develop an action plan, including articulating outcomes and corresponding objectives, strategies, activities and indicators;
    • ability to develop an evaluation plan, including identification of existing data sources and selection of appropriate data collection methods;
    • appreciation of the importance of facilitating the process of developing outcomes-based frameworks and;
    • evaluation plans with community partners with a partnership approach.

    Course outcome: Participants will be able to apply an outcomes-based approach to planning and evaluating their work.

    Cost: Negotiable

    Duration: 2 days, on request. For enquiries email  training.ccch@rch.org.au

    Supporting and monitoring implementation: Making sense of it all

    How can we effectively monitor the progress of what we do and how we are working with others within a collaborative partnership?

    This two-day interactive course will explore ways to support and monitor progress of an initiative. It will look at different ways to start making sense of data that measure progress. The elements of community leadership and governance are explored in this module. Ways to ‘check in’ on the collaborative partnership are also explored. 

    The aim of this module is to increase:

    • appreciation of the value of conducting evaluation and reporting from a partnership approach
    • knowledge of indicators, data sources and collection tools used to understand and evaluate their initiative
    • understanding of the process of interpreting, analysing and reporting on data collected;
    • awareness of an action research/quality improvement approach
    • awareness of the process of sustaining and evaluating community partnerships and participation and;
    • appreciation of the elements of effective governance and leadership in supporting service collaboration/integration.

    Course outcome: Participants will be able to implement, measure and report on progress of their community based initiatives/projects and the workings of their community partnerships.

    Cost: Negotiable

    Duration: 2 days, on request. For enquiries email training.ccch@rch.org.au 

    Review and reflect: Collaboration in practice

    What are the key principles that underpin a collaborative way of working towards improved outcomes for children? How do we work in partnership with others to implement services that are truly responsive to the needs of the local community?

    This two-day interactive course will review how collaboration across services and communities has been implemented in practice. The facilitators will guide you through the Platforms approach to review and reflect on:

    • how the change process within your community has been experienced;
    • what progress toward identified outcomes has been achieved; and how community members and services have been engaged in genuine partnerships.

    The aim of this module is to increase:

    • the ability to identify community engagement processes that have supported service integration
    • the ability to reflect on the intricacies of a change process and identify principles that have emerged as part of this process
    • understanding of how to facilitate processes within a local community that engender a partnership approach
    • appreciation of participants' own learnings and skills that have emerged related to their experience working in local communities
    • awareness of the process of sustaining and evaluating community partnerships /governance and participation into the future.

    Time will be spent reflecting on these aspects and practical considerations for future work.

    Course outcome: Participants will be able to identify their collective learning from the experience of engaging communities through a change process that has occurred in their journey towards service collaboration.

    Cost: Negotiable

    Duration: 2 days, on request. For enquiries email training.ccch@rch.org.au

 

Murdoch Childrens Research Institute

The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.