Helping family services to make the best decisions for kids

As part of its response to the Royal Commission into Family Violence, the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services engaged CEI to help increase the use of evidence-informed programs and practices in child and family services.

The menu will support improved decision-making by government and service agencies by presenting essential information in simple straightforward formats. As a result, frontline staff and other decision makers across the sector will be able to easily access evidence and apply it in practice and policy to improve outcomes.

CEI provided advice on the design of the menu and supporting processes, including how programs and practices should be identified and assessed. We also advised on accompanying information that practitioners and decision makers would need to adopt practices and programs. For example, information on the strength of evidence supporting programs and practices; the availability and quality of implementation materials, training and other support resources; and on associated costs.

By working with global experts in evidence synthesis, evidence translation and implementation science, we helped ensure only reliable and useful information will be included in the menu.