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What Works Reviews

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What Works reviews complement the performance reporting in the Report on Government Services (RoGS) by reviewing current global evidence on what works (or does not) to achieve particular outcomes for government services.

The aim is to improve the wellbeing of all Australians through providing decision makers with high quality information on what works to address existing social policy needs.

The reviews are intended to be targeted at policy issues, be rigorous yet timely and balance the overall evidence with practical advice and theory.

The What Works approach is also to include follow-up with governments on the use of the reviews, and the monitoring of relevant outcomes in the RoGS to ensure a feedback loop between evidence production and implementation.

The Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision is trialling the approach to What Works reviews, with the first review released on 18 October 2018.

Interventions to Support Carers of People with Dementia

This review considers support for carers of older people with dementia to assess whether these supports can prevent or delay entry into residential aged care.

Systems for Protecting Children - consultation paper released

This project seeks to understand what is known about systems that enable the ‘public health approach’ (PHA) to protecting children? The PHA to protect children places greater emphasis on universal preventative initiatives and early intervention, with the statutory child protection system seen as a last resort.