Research and evaluation

We carry out high quality research on important social issues and evaluate the programs we deliver. This helps us identify what's working well and where there are gaps, so we can continually improve what we do, use the evidence to contribute to public debates about important issues and influence social change. You can search for our research and evaluation reports below. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact us.

  • Mar 2014

    Putting the pieces in place: Children, communities and social capital

    Explored what children aged 8-12 think about their communities and how they might be improved. Research conducted by Dr Sharon Bessell and Prof Jan Mason in partnership with The Benevolent Society and NAPCAN

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  • Mar 2014

    Communities matter: Children's views on community in Australia - report for children

    By Australian National University, University of Western Sydney, The Benevolent Society and NAPCAN Report for children about what children told the researchers was important to them in their communities. Written by Dr Sharon Bessell, ANU, as part of the Children, Communities and Social Capital project.

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  • Mar 2014

    Putting the pieces in place: Children, communities and social capital - full report

    By Australian National University, University of Western Sydney, The Benevolent Society and NAPCAN Results of research into the views of children aged 8-12 about their communities, and how they could be improved. Includes policy implications arising from the research.

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  • Feb 2014

    Early years centre interim evaluation - snapshot

    Key interim findings of an internal evaluation of the North Gold Coast and Brown Plains early years centres.

    Download PDF - 1.65 MB

  • Feb 2014

    Your life your wellbeing - snapshot

    Key finding of an evaluation of The Benevolent Society’s community care programs that support older people, people with a disability and carers.

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  • Jan 2014

    Your life your wellbeing evaluation - full report

    Results of an evaluation of The Benevolent Society’s community ageing and disability programs.

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  • Dec 2013

    Personal Helpers and Mentors Services evaluation - snapshot

    Overview of results of an evaluation of The Benevolent Society’s PHaMs services, which aimed to determine the effectiveness of the services in delivering recovery oriented practice and supporting participants’ achieve recovery outcomes

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  • Dec 2013

    Fostering with pride: two Australian community organisations' experiences in recruiting and retaining Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LBGTI) foster carers

    By The Benevolent Society and Berry Street A summary of The Benevolent Society’s and Berry St’s experiences of recruiting and retaining gay & lesbian foster carers including organisational journeys, challenges, effective marketing strategies, and support for carers.

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  • Oct 2013

    Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People: A review of the literature

    A review of the literature regarding how to effectively engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients.

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  • Aug 2013

    Strength in the face of adversity: an exploration of community resilience

    Explores the literature on community resilience, identifying policy and practice implications and options for future research.

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