Faculty of Education and Arts

Research coordinator’s welcome

Welcome to the Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership (IGCYAP) research and education program. Our current partners include Berry Street Morwell, Anglicare ChildFIRST Alliance, Gippsland Centre Against Sexual Assault, The Victorian Children’s Reform Unit and Federation University Australia. We work closely with the Central Highlands Children and Youth Area Partnership (CHCYAP) Research Collaboration through the Higher Degree by Research scholarship initiative, and related research projects.

We are collaborative, strategic and priority-driven, and aim to build a rigorous evidence base and advance knowledge about practice, policies and programs that will achieve positive outcomes for children, young people and families.

Our objectives are to:

  1. Advance and apply research knowledge about family violence, parental capacity to nurture and educational engagement, with a focus on regional areas;
  2. Support partner organisations to design, adapt, implement and evaluate evidence-informed interventions that will improve outcomes for vulnerable young people from birth to eighteen years;
  3. Build a community of practice among practitioners, researchers, managers, educators and people with a lived experience;
  4. Build research capacity and skills of both service providers and people with lived experience of vulnerability to co-design research and interventions;
  5. Promote greater multidisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration between managers, practitioners, researchers, people with lived experience of vulnerability, policy-makers and funders, and to improve linkages between lived experience, practice, research and policy;
  6. Build the regional workforce’s research capacity in, and engagement with, IGCYAP priorities; and,
  7. Provide expert advice to relevant government departments and contribute to state and national policy debates about family violence, parental capacity to nurture, and educational engagement.

We are committed to meaningful engagement with the community and human services system, and communities and welcome enquiries about our research.

Dr Karen Crinall, Research Coordinator, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Education and Arts