Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation

External PersonnelKylie Valentine, Ilan Katz, Aron Shlonsky
Research PartnersUniversity of New South Wales, University of Melbourne, Parenting Research Centre
Project FundingNSW Department of Premier and Cabinet
Project StatusComplete (September 2013 to May 2014)

Project Summary

Keep them Safe (KTS) is the NSW whole-of-government response to the recommendations of the 2009 Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW undertaken by Justice Wood (Wood Inquiry). NSW has spent nearly $800m over five years to reform the child protection and early intervention systems, with over 50 different projects being funded as well as changes to the legal system and in protocols for interagency collaboration.

The NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet commissioned a research consortium comprised of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, Social Policy Research Centre, the Parenting Research Centre and the University of Melbourne to evaluate the outcomes of KTS, focusing on outcomes related to system change, improvement of services and the impact of KTS on vulnerable children and families in NSW.

The evaluation involved nine separate methodologies that were designed to address eight evaluation questions and to analyse the various sources of data available to the evaluation team. Where possible the different methods were triangulated to strengthen the findings and to provide more depth to the analysis. Overall eleven evaluation reports were produced to inform the evaluation. The Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre led the Economic Evaluation, KTS Indicators, Spatial Analyses and Synthesis of Evaluations. BCEC also played a key role in the Data Development compendium.