City Futures Research Centre UNSW Built Environment

Building Stronger Communities Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks

The NSW Department of Housing and City Futures Research Centre have announced the development of a Community Regeneration Evaluation and Research Partnership. The key focus of this Partnership is to develop a Community Regeneration Monitoring and Evaluation framework and a set of protocols for an ongoing partnership to involve future collaboration and joint initiatives related to community regeneration and social housing estates in the areas of research, data collection, policy analysis and student education. The Partnership will also include researchers from the Social Policy Research Centre and the School of Social Work ,both at UNSW.

Community Regeneration is the NSW Department of Housing's new strategy to build strong and sustainable communities in neighbourhoods with high proportions of disadvantaged social housing tenants. The project will target five priority estates in the first instance. The aim of the Research Partnership will develop a multidisciplinary approach with the capacity to draw on expertise across a broad range of interconnected social, cultural, economic and environmental issues.

This project parallels the research City Futures is currently undertaking for the Department through a recently awarded ARC Linkage Grant which will develop an evaluation methodology for the urban renewal program.