City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Building Stronger Communities Final Evaluation

Building Stronger Communities is a community regeneration initiative of Housing NSW which commenced in 6 priority locations throughout NSW in 2006. The initiative was led by Housing NSW on behalf of the NSW Government through a local partnership approach, with the aim of:

  • Improving housing and the local environment of the public estates
  • Improving educational opportunities for residents
  • Coordinating the delivery of appropriate services in the places where they are needed
  • Increasing the number of residents entering employment
  • Encouraging residents to take responsibilities for their communities
  • Achieving more stable communities

City Futures Research Centre was commissioned by Housing NSW in 2007-2008 to conduct a baseline study of the project. As the initiative winds down its operation in mid-2011, City Futures Research Centre, in partnership with Social Policy Research Centre of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, has won the tender to conduct its final evaluation. This $300,000 project will be completed during 2012 and concludes in December. It will involve a telephone survey of residents of these regenerated estates, and in-depth interviews and focus groups with the regeneration teams, project partners and other stakeholders of the 6 priority locations of:

  • Claymore
  • Dubbo
  • Killarney Vale / Bateau bay / Tumbi Umbi
  • Macquarie Fields
  • Mount Druitt
  • Orange / Bathurst

This final evaluation will determine the extent of the initiative’s achievements, identify key challenges, and inform Housing NSW implications the initiative has for future policies and programs.

Funded by

NSW Department of Housing

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