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Explore where we focus our efforts to address the most pressing evidence gaps and achieve better outcomes for our clients and the community.
The research priorities were developed through an extensive development process to identify Communities and Justice's most pressing challenges, priorities and gaps in evidence.
The research priorities will be used to guide the development of research projects to create new knowledge that closes evidence gaps, and can be directly translated into policy and practice to improve client and community outcomes.
The research priorities can be applied to:
Program areas can expand a research priority to provide further detail to outline how the priority applies to the specific gaps of evidence for their program area.
Understand the needs and experiences of all clients and communities to inform service delivery and program development.
Understanding the needs and experiences of clients will inform service delivery and help to develop an evidence base. This will support us to better address client and community needs and design programs that are client centric and work with communities.
Investigate how to improve the quality, effectiveness and processes of Communities and Justice systems.
Communities and Justice consists of multiple complex and dynamic systems, ranging from statutory child protection to courts and tribunals. Designing our systems to be effective and deliver quality is critical to their success. Research into effective service delivery models and processes can lead to improved system performance and better client and community outcomes.
Test the effectiveness of programs and understand what components and practices work to support stronger and safer communities.
There is little evidence about what specific components of programs contribute to improving client and community outcomes. This research is important when designing programs and ensuring that they are evidence-based and adaptable to community’s needs, cultures and geography.
Support Aboriginal-led research and the principles of Indigenous Data Sovereignty.
Aboriginal-led research mutually benefits both Aboriginal peoples and Communities and Justice. It ensures research is inclusive and is conducted in accordance with Aboriginal Knowledge. The principles of Indigenous Data Sovereignty ensure that research is transparent, collaborative and has a direct benefit to the community. This research will contribute to the development for better long-term outcomes for Aboriginal peoples.
Quantify the economic benefits of achieving Community and Justice outcomes.
Communities and Justice is committed to adopting an outcomes-focused approach. An outcomes-focused approach to program design, delivery and evaluation will facilitate a better understanding of program delivery and will benefit the community1.
Research is required to address the large evidence gap on the economic benefits of achieving outcomes. This research is important to encourage further investment in programs that work to achieve outcomes, particularly in prevention and early intervention.
22 May 2023
We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the First Nations Peoples of NSW and pay our respects to Elders past, present, and future.
Informed by lessons of the past, Department of Communities and Justice is improving how we work with Aboriginal people and communities. We listen and learn from the knowledge, strength and resilience of Stolen Generations Survivors, Aboriginal Elders and Aboriginal communities.
You can access our apology to the Stolen Generations.