Information about our exciting pre-conference workshop program is listed below.

A new date for these pre-conference workshops will be advised as soon as possible.

Please note: Workshop numbers are limited. Please register to ensure you don’t miss out.
If you purchase both half day workshops a discount of $100 will be applied.  Workshops attendees will be entitled to lunch (please indicate for catering purposes during the registration process if required). 

Half day workshops

Workshop 4 - Knowledge translation for impact

Time: 9.30 am – 12.30 pm
Cost: Conference attendees $200  |  Non Conference attendees $250
Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Dr Nerida Joss, Executive Manager KTILab, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Morwynne Carlow, Knowledge Translation Specialist, KTILab, Australian Institute of Family Studies

Impact has become an important term to describe the effectiveness of services, the implementation of organisational policies, the readership of reports and journal publications, and also the outcomes of our efforts with the communities we work with. While impact has gathered so many meanings it can still be really hard to demonstrate.

This workshop will explore what it means to demonstrate different types of impact and discuss how the principles of knowledge translation can be used to plan for, and measure impact. We will start with developing a theory of change and in-depth understanding of stakeholders and audiences. We will then work with participants to develop knowledge translation goals and objectives and identify strategies that will help them to demonstrate impact.

The workshop will also cover key approaches to measuring knowledge translation approaches and impact at individual, organisational and system-levels. This will include commonly used metrics including storytelling, data visualisation and infographics.
At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to develop a knowledge translation plan which articulates a pathway to impact.

Who should attend?
This workshop is relevant for program managers (NGOs and others), service delivery managers, researchers (NGOs and others), government officials (state and federal).

Workshop 5 - Engaging children and young people to participate in decision making

Time: 1.30 pm – 5.00 pm
Cost: Conference attendees $200  |  Non Conference attendees $250
Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Dr Rachel Carson, Senior Research Fellow, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Sharon Sparks, Manager: Consultant Team, Brotherhood of St Laurence
Jess Smart, Senior Research Officer, Australian Institute of Family Studies

Safe and effective participation – Listening to the voices of children and young people in evaluation research
Listening to the views and experiences of children and young people about the provision of services to families is important for rigorous evaluation, but how do we do this safely and effectively?

AIFS has a long history of conducting research with children and young people, ranging from the large-scale Longitudinal Study of Australian Children through to our in-depth qualitative research with children and young people to investigate their views and experiences of family law system services.  Service providers such as Brotherhood of St Laurence have incorporated methods to listen to children when evaluating programs too.

This workshop will provide a brief introduction to evaluation research and give an overview of different types of evaluations. This will include a discussion of research design and ethical considerations when undertaking evaluation, including considerations relevant to methodologies that involve the collection and analysis of data from children and young people. Workshop participants will then learn about what studies in Australia and overseas tell us about facilitating the participation of children and young people in research and program evaluation. This discussion will include insight from the Institute’s research with children and young people and will cover recruitment and ethical protocols and key considerations when interviewing children and young people, such as the development of trust and rapport, formulating questions and demonstrating active listening. Insights about effective professional practice from the perspectives of participants in AIFS recent Children and Young People in Separated Families Study will also be discussed in this context.  Workshop participants will then learn from the experiences of the Brotherhood of St Laurence who has put the theory into practice and listened to the voices of children when evaluating their HIPPY (Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters) program.  HIPPY is a two-year, home-based early learning and parenting program for four-and-five year old children.

See more about the HIPPY program

This workshop will be presentation style with opportunities for group discussion. Workshop materials will be provided to participants. 

Who should attend?
This presentation is aimed at practitioners or researchers who are interested in learning about the benefits and issues to consider when engaging with children and young people as part of quality assurance or evaluation research.

Full day workshops

Workshop 1 - LSAC Data users

Time: 9.00 am – 4.30 pm
Cost: $250
Location: AIFS Office, Level 4/40 City Road, Southbank VIC, 3206
Facilitators: Jatender Mohal, Australian Institute of Family Studies

This data workshop provides an excellent opportunity to learn directly from the Australian Institute of Family Studies Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) data team. It is designed to assist researchers, policy makers, students, or anyone else, who wants to learn about LSAC data, to gain confidence in understanding and navigating the LSAC datasets. 

Highlights of the workshop: 

  • sampling design and survey methodology
  • accessing LSAC data and an explanation of user resources
  • hands-on exercises to explore the data content
  • administrative data linkages in LSAC (Centrelink, Medicare, NAPLAN, MySchool)
  • data analysis issues (e.g. confidentialisation, weighting, clustering, cross-cohort comparisons, etc.)
  • Child Health CheckPoint sub-study
  • research impact highlights.
Workshop 2 - Working with adversity

Time: 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Cost: Conference attendees $300  |  Non Conference attendees $400
Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Facilitator: Nicola Palfrey, Director, Australian Child and Adolescent trauma, grief and loss network, Emerging Minds.

This one-day interactive workshop will provide a theoretical framework and practical strategies for practitioners who want to work in a trauma informed way with children and families.
Many clinicians are well versed in the theory and research regarding the importance and benefits of trauma informed care, however how to do this in practical terms with families is not always clear. Through the use of a trauma informed framework and the use of clinical case studies the ‘how to’ of engaging families in a meaningful and productive way will be explored.
The challenges of trust, rapport and prioritisation of complex needs will be discussed and tools for managing these issues will be shared.
By participating in this workshop, attendees will:
    1. Develop an understanding of theory, benefits and frameworks of trauma informed practices;
    2. Increase their confidence and competence of applying trauma informed principles into their everyday practice;
    3. Develop and practice strategies for engaging and working productively with families who have experienced trauma and adversity.

Who should attend?
This workshop will be relevant for anyone who works directly with children and families, including but not limited to psychologists, social workers, OT’s, counsellors, educators, GPs, nurses, psychiatrists, paediatricians or any other staff in the health, mental health, AOD, community, legal, justice, domestic and family violence, child protection, emergency, disability, housing, and/or education sectors.

Workshop 3 - The Roadmap: Outcomes from the National Early Years Summit 2020 – What next?

Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Cost: Conference attendees $300  |  Non Conference attendees $400
Location: Melbourne Convention Centre
Facilitator: Penny Dakin, CEO, ARACY, Dr Rebecca Goodhue, General Manager ARACY, (further facilitators TBC)

The National Early Years Summit in March 2020 ignited a collective focus on system change in the early years. Multiple activity threads happening within and across the early years sectors in Australia are being pulled together. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to deliver a 10-year shared agenda – a Roadmap for genuine incremental systems change and sustained improvement for the wellbeing of young children in Australia.

By participating in this workshop, attendees will:
   1. Understand how the interconnected efforts to improve outcomes for children and families happening within organisations, communities and sectors can be brought together for systemic change
   2. Learn what individuals, teams and organisations can do to support long term changes in the Early Years in Australia
   3. Join a group of leaders who are committed to improving the wellbeing of young children in Australia
   4. Have an opportunity to provide input into the Roadmap – i.e. what can be done at a systems level to make a positive impact for early years wellbeing

Who should attend?
Relevant for all those who work directly or indirectly with young children and their families. Of particular interest to those in a managing or leading role.