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Webinar | Showcasing Community Dimensions' community engagement approach

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Webinar- Showcasing Community Dimensions' community engagement approach

Community Dimensions is a collective impact project aimed at engaging the community (including services, government, business and industry and families) in supporting a systems change around a “wicked” problem – in this instance; keeping children safe from abuse and neglect. At every step of the way participation of parents in analysis, agenda-setting and decision-making has been around 20%. . Register for this webinar to hear why and how they did this and the impact community mobilisation and leadership has had in their region.


15 May 2018 @ 1.30pm (AEST)


Online - the webinar link will be sent to you after you register


Community Dimensions was borne out of a discussion the CfC Facilitating Partner Armadale WA had in 2014 with three other agencies (City of Armadale, Save the Children Australia and Parkerville Children and Youth Care) about how we could do better for our children. A decision was made early that the agenda or ‘vision for change’ needed to be set by the community, not the four agencies who initially gave rise to the idea. Community Dimensions has continued to evolve through the typical learning loops of collective impact and as such, the vision for change was articulated in July 2017 as “Keeping children safe from abuse and neglect”.

To date the learning loops Community Dimensions has gone through included:

  • Testing the interest and commitment to a collective impact approach through a Collective Impact Forum (70 attendees)
  • Analysing data to identify key community issues and the creation of Infographics for communities
  • Engaging 92 individuals (17% who were parents) to ascertain community context and lived experience of the data (5 x Table of 20 Forums).
  • Engaging the ongoing commitment of 68 individuals, 20% of whom are parents, in dialogue to define which issue should be addressed and how
  • Defining the issue with 32 participants (16% who were parents) at a workshop in February 2017 - “keeping kids safe”.
  • And more...


The webinar is 1.5 hours in duration and will cover:

  • the case and evidence for community engagement (10 minutes)
  • the story of how Community Dimensions has designed and implemented their community engagement approach and the impacts that has created (50 minutes)
  • interactive Q&A with webinar participants (30 minutes)


You should register for this webinar if you are interested in:

  • the practical, real-world application of community engagement theory and tools
  • learning how context influences the work of community mobilisation and leadership
  • being inspired by what is possible when community engagement is undertaken as a way of working to achieve large-scale impact

Learning Objectives:

To learn about the principles, approach, design, tools and impact of Community Dimensions community mobilisation and leadership building work.




Arlene Hand

Arlene Hand has worked in the community services sector for over 20 years, working in both not-for-profit organisations and local government. She has a passion for working on community and sector development initiatives with her early career starting in Youth Work. Over the years, Arlene transitioned to community development and project management roles in early years, youth and mental health sectors. Arlene joined Communicare, Communities for Children in 2015 to initiate and guide the Community Dimensions collective impact project in the early years.

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