Community Works - Partners in Development

Community Works is an innovative company that works in social, community and economic development. Our specialisms include:

Capacity development, especially designing and running training courses on a range of subjects. An example are the courses we offer on good practice in community engagement.

Project design, evaluation and impact assessment, measuring the outcomes of projects to enable organisations to learn from the experience.

Facilitation, especially designing and managing complex workshops and seminars. Recent examples have focussed on gatherings of water and sanitation specialists from twenty countries and the development of mental health programs over a twelve-month period.

Research and communication on development topics, recent examples being community outcomes from mining and approaches to reducing conflict within and between communities.

Featured Projects


Research for Development

Research, including targeted literature reviews as well as monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment to generate insights and knowledge from projects to enable organisations to learn from their experience. Find out more


Stronger Communities for Children

Stronger Communities for Children (SCfC) supports Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory to build strong, independent lives, where communities, families and children are safe and healthy. It ensures that local people are in control of local decision making, so they have a real say in services and how they are delivered. SCfC is funded through the Australian Federal Government. Community Works is pleased to contribute to Ninti One’s work on the program, especially through facilitation, training and monitoring and measurement. More information on SCfC can be found here


The essence of development

At Community Works we love working with groups in training workshops that focus on the challenges of development practice. The whole process of understanding the training needs of participants, developing the course material and spending intensive time with them is endlessly interesting. Many participants ask us for further reflections on the key questions that arise in their work. Find out more about our work.

Our Partners


BasicNeeds is an international development organisation that enables people with mental illness or epilepsy and their families to live and work successfully in their communities. The organisation combines health, socio-economic and community-orientated approaches with support for changes in policy and practice.

Ninti One

Ninti One is an independent, national not-for-profit company that builds opportunities for people in remote Australia through applied on-ground research, innovation and community development.


There are numerous social organisations whose success has been evaluated and proved. Yet frustratingly, the wheel is constantly being reinvented. The International Centre for Social Franchising works with community and social sector organisations to help them to scale up their projects to meet needs.



Workshop in Cochabamba, Bolivia: “Five Key Questions for Effective Development Practice” Sometimes when designing or implementing development projects I get the feeling of how easy (and dangerous) it is ...


During the past six months I have been involved in the process of developing a toolkit while working as part of the team of Community Works. In the ...

Why Choose Us?

We focus on quality and impact

Whether in workshop facilitation, research, advice on strategy, community engagement or any of our other activities, Community Works cares about quality. This means we are precise in our work and detailed in the way we approach situations. Ultimately it is the achievement of positive impact that motivates us, which can only come from quality work.

Complexity is normal for us

Working with uncertainty, diversity and complexity is fundamental to development work. We don’t expect easy answers and we thrive when things are complicated.

We love what we do…

and we relish meeting and working with new people in new situations, even when the going is tough. The whole process of understanding the needs of clients or partners, developing the work and spending intensive time with people is endlessly interesting.

We achieve results

The reason Community Works receives so many requests for follow-on and repeat work is that we do everything we can to achieve the desired result for our partners and clients. Whether a successful workshop, a publication, a piece of analytical work or the delivery of project outputs with a community, a change for the better is our ultimate aim.

We are easy to work with

In fact, this comment is the feedback we receive the most. The reason is that we like to be good listeners, we are flexible to changing circumstances and we are not fussy about our own expectations of the work.