NSW Department of Education – Creating the Brighter Beginnings Logic Model (NSW, Australia)

 Rebbeck supported NSW Department of Education and a range of agencies across government to develop the $376m Brighter Beginnings logic model and evaluation framework to improve outcomes for children up to 5 years of age

The client

  • The Department of Education (DoE) collaborates closely with other partner agencies to develop and deliver universal and targeted interventions for children and their families. Brighter Beginnings partner agencies include Aboriginal Affairs,  Department of Communities and Justice, Department of Customer Service, Department of Education, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Department of Regional NSW, Multicultural NSW, and NSW Health.  
  • Brighter Beginnings is a whole government initiative officially launched in October 2020. It focuses on improving developmental outcomes for children aged 0-5 years and includes associated support for families. 

The challenge

Department of Education enlisted Rebbeck’s support to create a Brighter Beginnings Logic Model, in collaboration with partner agencies.

  • In the 2022/23 NSW Budget, the NSW Government committed $376.5 million over 4 years to fund a suite of evidence-based programs targeting child development at all life stages, from prenatal to age five, under the Brighter Beginnings initiative. 
  • Brighter Beginnings partner agencies agreed that a logic model was needed that reflects and facilitates the evaluation of Brighter Beginnings as a whole, rather than each funded initiative.
  • An additional complexity was for this logic model to also reflect Brighter Beginnings into the future, as additional accelerator initiatives are supported.  

Our impact

Rebbeck facilitated two cross-government workshops to develop an evidence-based logic model whilst building participants’ capacity and capability in developing logic models.

  • In collaboration with workshop participants, Rebbeck delivered an evidence-based logic model capturing the needs, inputs, activities, outputs, experiences and outcomes for children, carers and families, communities, providers and services, and governments.
  • Rebbeck developed a theory of change demonstrating a line of sight from Brighter Beginnings to positive developmental outcomes for children up to the age of five.
  • This logic model is being utilised by the Department of Education and partner agencies to underpin the development of their Brighter Beginnings monitoring and evaluation plan, which underpins the ongoing monitoring and evaluation of Brighter Beginnings funded initiatives.
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