Publications

Organisational Effectiveness

Collective Impact – A Literature Review

This literature review has been conducted by Community Works to inform the strategic framework that is being developed by Ninti One to design and implement the Stronger Communities for Children (SCfC) program in ten remote communities in the Northern Territory from 2018.

Challenging Performance

We work in organisations to gain the most from collective effort, sharing of knowledge and complementary skills. The ability to work in teams is frequently a selection criterion for job applications and one for which candidates practice answers to impress interview panels. But despite the value we place on group and cooperative effort, organisations give too little attention to supporting individuals to play their part in the teams that we so carefully assemble. This particularly applies to team leadership and management positions, where success at interview is assumed to mean that a new manager carries all the prerequisites for effective performance with their team.

Community therapy? Parallels and distinctions between counselling and capacity building

As published in Oxford Academic, Community Development Journal, Volume 52, Issue 2.

Facilitating Change

Seminars and workshops are part of organisational life. But often the true value of bringing people together for extended periods is not achieved. So how can the most be achieved from the process?

New ways to impact; reflecting on community projects

In striving to achieve the planned outcomes from a project, it can be easy to overlook what an organisation and a community has learned about the actual process of doing the work. In other words, a focus on results alone can lead us to under-value the methods and approach that have be used. I have known a few projects where it has taken community members, the participants in the project, to point this out and ask for time to review and reflect on process.