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Measuring Best Practice:
Evaluating Community Development

Community Evening Presentation held on 7 August 2014

Designing and Evaluating Projects to Foster Social Capital Among Resettled Refugee Communities

Dr Linda Bartolomei

This presentation provided an overview of a project undertaken in collaboration with STARTTS to develop an evaluation methodology for measuring social capital among resettled refugee communities. The research used a participatory methodology to explore how resettled refugees experience social capital. Consistent with other studies, it found that refugees’ experience of social capital is shaped by both the destruction of social capital in their home countries as a result of war and persecution, and by the socio-political environment of the resettlement country. The presentation shared the findings and the evaluation tools developed, and included discussion of social capital ‘enablers’, which are the individual capacities, community capacities and socio-political factors identified by refugee participants in the research, that are critical for enabling refugee individuals and communities to build and strengthen social capital in settlement.

POWERPOINT

Listening and Learning from Refugee Voices: Evaluating the FICT Program

Sue Cunningham

Families in Cultural Transition (FICT) is one of STARTS’ foundational group based psychosocial education programs that has assisted people from refugee backgrounds over many years to increase their social connections and understanding of Australian systems and way of life. This presentation discussed the new qualitative evaluation methodology for FICT that was implemented in 2011. Based on the ‘Most Significant Change’ model, participants are encouraged to express their views of the program and its impact on their lives. The results reflect important outcomes from the program and highlight the appropriateness of using qualitative evaluative tools which showcase participatory centred information while reinforcing the overall ethos of the FICT model.

POWERPOINT
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Designing and Evaluating Projects to Foster Social Capital Among Resettled Refugee Communities
Dr Linda Bartolomei

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Listening and Learning from Refugee Voices: Evaluating the FICT Program
Sue Cunningham

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