Co-design & finding joy in research

Welcome / Wominjeka

Here at FSSI, we are committed to working with a broad range of experts to find solutions to real world problems. We use co-design approaches in everything that we do, including developing new educational models to support the growth, quality and adaptation of the social service sector.  

A great example of this is FSSI’s Leadership Intensive Program. This program – which commences today – features content that was co-designed with participants. The 2020 program is being delivered online to 75 leaders from the family violence sector with presentations from an exciting line up of diverse and engaging guest speakers. In the first Seminar, FSSI Director Micaela Cronin will present on trauma-informed leadership and Layton Pike, Chief Global Advisor at RMIT will share his experience and insights on strategic and influential leadership. 

We wish all those participating the best of luck!
What are we doing?
Fireside chat: co-design

FSSI presents Fireside Chats with special guests Robyn Martin Larissa Hjorth.

Co-design helps to create products, services and programs by bringing stakeholders in as 'design partners', giving a voice to those who are often excluded from the design process. Decision-making, design, information-sharing and project planning are among the equal roles between trained designers and design partners.

Join us live for this fireside chat and participate in a live Q&A. As this will be an online event, this will be open to members of the FSSI Leadership Intensive Network as well as their colleagues and friends from across the community sector. Please feel free to forward this to anyone who may be interested in attending.
To register, please click here.
What are we hearing?
Finding joy in research

This week Micaela speaks with Larissa Hjorth, Director of the Design & Creative Practice research platform at RMIT University.

Larissa talks about what gives her joy in her work as a researcher and shares an interesting story that was a turning point in her research, and discusses the process of co-design and how she uses it in her research.
Click here to view the vlog with Larissa Hjorth.
What are we seeing?
Strengthening vocational education through co-design 

In 2020, FSSI is hosting a number of co-design workshops to inform the development and delivery of high-quality vocational educational programs. Six young people who are members of Youth Action Research Group (YARG) have been involved in the co-design process by attending a fortnightly workshop to provide feedback as part of the Community Traineeship Pilot Project.

The YARG members have identified the problem that they want to focus on and are now working collaboratively to design a prototype of their solution. The prototype will be shared and iterated with the Project Control Group before moving on to testing. These co-design activities aim to improve the trainee experience in the program taking into account individual stakeholder personas.

FSSI is also undertaking co-design workshops as part of the Higher Apprenticeships Project. These workshops – which involve students, teachers, industry partners and employers – will help to ensure that the Higher Apprenticeships program supports the needs of workers, industry and service users.

The feedback from these sessions is already being incorporated into the ways in which the next cluster of units is being delivered, and how we can create and support peer learning groups in an online environment. 
Do you work in the disability sector? Be part of the third and final year of NDIS workforce longitudinal research study.
The NDIS means a big change for participants, but also for people working in the disability sector. With greater understanding of the experiences of disability workers, we can help build a skilled, diverse workforce that delivers high-quality, innovative support; that feels valued for the work they do.

Victorian disability workers and providers are operating in a challenging environment due to coronavirus. As this is the final year of the study we encourage as many interested workers as possible to participate in the study, as a unique opportunity to have a voice on the key issues affecting the disability workforce under the NDIS.

The project is a key component of
Keeping our sector strong: Victoria’s workforce plan for the NDIS. Further information, including results of the previous year’s study, are available on the NDIS workforce longitudinal research study website.
Click here if you are interested in participating in the study

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