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Evaluation of the Stronger Families and Communities Strategy 2000-2004 : Potential Leaders in Local Communities initiative

  • Year: 2008
  • Author: Scougall, John
  • Publisher: Collaborative Institute for Research, Consulting and Learning in Evaluation, RMIT University
  • Published Location: Melbourne, Vic
  • Country: Australia

The Potential Leaders in Local Communities initiative of the Australian Government's Stronger Families and Communities Strategy focused leadership development initiatives on four largely disadvantaged social groups (youth, Indigenous communities, women, and rural and regional communities) to address various social issues. This paper evaluates the outcomes of the initiative. A number of different strategies were successfully employed to develop leadership skills of participants, including techniques such as mentoring, the use of role models, outdoor confidence, team building activities and training, and the practical use of leadership skills in real-life situations rather than in an abstract formal learning environment. Seven projects are used as examples to illustrate the issues faced and the achievements of the overall initiative.

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