We work around Australia supporting people and collaborations drive significant impact through systems change.

Here we profile 5 examples of initiatives where we play a significant capacity building role. And below we share the initiatives we are proud to partner with.


Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project – New South Wales

Intended impact/bold goal = reduce youth offending and incarceration, Indigenous self-determination

CFI has been in a capacity building partnership with Maranguka since 2014. Maranguka means ‘caring for others’ and is a grassroots vision for improving outcomes for vulnerable families and children through the true empowerment of the local Aboriginal community. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative focuses on reducing youth offending and incarceration through a strategy called Growing them up safe, smart and strong. CFI’s role has been to:

  • provide strategic advice to help shape the direction and design of the process of change
  • coach and develop the backbone team
  • train local people in hosting data-informed community conversations
  • steer the strategy setting process
  • facilitate meetings of the Bourke Tribal Council, the Cross-sector leadership and the Working Groups
    build the data competency of the initiative
  • broker technical support at relevant times including data visualisation, development of the shared measurement system
  • steer the economic analysis of the initiative

The headline impact to date is:

  • 72% reduction in driving offences
  • 39% reduction in domestic violence offences
  • 18% reduction in major offences

Children and Youth Area Partnerships – Victoria

Intended impact = better outcomes for vulnerable children and their families

CYAPs unite government, services and community to support children and young people’s learning and development from cradle to career, and build safe and supportive homes and communities. They operate in 8 locations across Victoria. CFI’s role has been to:

  • provide strategic advice to help shape the direction and design of the process of change
  • undertaken, in consortium with others, the developmental evaluation of the initiative over a period of 12 months
  • coach and develop the Vulnerable Children Reform Reform (central backbone team) and the Co-Chairs of each Area Partnership
  • facilitate meetings of the Area Partnerships Leadership Group and Principal Advisor meetings

Beyond the Bell, Victoria

Intended impact = 90% of young people achieving Year 12 attainment by 2030

Since 2013 Beyond the Bell has been applying a collective impact approach to achieving their intended impact. They have been building the foundations for change by developing partnerships, engaging other stakeholders, advocating to government, and seeking funding. CFI’s role has been to:

  • provide strategic advice to help shape the direction and design of the process of change
  • coach and develop the backbone team, leadership table and 6 regional tables
  • provide training and development on collective impact, adaptive leadership, systems change and collaborative governance

Empowered communities, national

Intended impact = closing the gap on Indigenous disparity and increasing Indigenous agency and empowerment

Empowered Communities is a national change process led by Indigenous leaders from 8 Regions from around Australia. With a common vision for change, the leaders drafted a comprehensive set of transformational reforms to give their children the same opportunities and choices that other Australians expect for their children. You can read their design report from 2013 here.

In 2016 implementation of the design report began in earnest. CFI’s role has been to:

  • support implementation by facilitating learning and building capacity among backbone teams and government practitioners.
  • provide ongoing coaching and development to backbone leaders and data managers
  • develop and iterate the national theory of change
  • build capacity and tools within each Region to track progress, capture baseline, measure collaboration health and map systems changes
  • build the 2017 reporting framework
  • build a measuring, learning and adaptation toolkit for consistent data collection across the Regions

Hands Up Mallee, Victoria

Intended impact = to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families

Hands Up Mallee was established to bring local leaders and community together to address social issues and improve health and wellbeing outcomes for children, young people and their families. CFI’s role has been to:

  • provide strategic advice to help shape the direction and design of the process of change
  • coach and develop the backbone team
  • steer the strategy setting process
  • facilitate meetings of community, Executive Table and the Action Groups
  • co-design the capacity building process for the Community Leaders Table
  • provide training and development in measurement, learning and evaluation

Systems change initiatives we are proud to partner with.

If you would like us to partner with your initiative, please contact us.

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