Research Engagement and ImpactAccelerating the Interplay Wellbeing Framework

Lena Long and her family on Martu Country
Lena Long and her family on Martu Country
Image © Sheree Cairney & The Interplay Project

A framework that was developed out of the CRC for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP) has now been selected into the CSIRO ON: Accelerate 4 program. CRC-REP ran from 1 July 2010 until 30 June 2017 and delivered significant economic and social benefits to remote Australia.

The Interplay Wellbeing Framework is a statistical tool to measure and strengthen wellbeing. Developed specifically to improve wellbeing measurements and assessment of Indigenous Australians, it can now be used to improve wellbeing in other groups and it is this aspect that will be developed within ON: Accelerate 4.

The ON: Accelerate highly competitive program selects teams and their projects and provides them with assistance aimed at increasing the entrepreneurial skills of researchers by pairing them with mentors, hosting face-to-face workshops and ending with a Demo Day. Each team receives a $15,000 OPEX budget to assist them with participation in the program. In the last round, ON: Accelerate 3, the SeaNU team from Flinders and the CSIRO were selected. The Interplay project team participated in the ON: Prime Northern Australia program and their successful completion of that led to them being selected for the ON: Accelerate program.

"Our team benefited enormously from the CSIRO ON Prime program and are very excited about Accelerate. We connected with a broad national network of community organisations, government and philanthropic groups who not only provided us with valuable insights on their needs but who showed much interest in the Interplay Wellbeing Framework as potential partners or clients. It helped us shift from a research to an entrepreneurial mindset to broaden the impact of our work," said Associate Professor Sheree Cairney.

The key characteristics for the Interplay Wellbeing Framework include:

  1. merging and strengthening both community and government priorities, 
  2. providing quantitative assessment of Indigenous cultural values and needs, and
  3. identifying key interrelationships and pathways to success based on a holistic understanding where all underlying parts are interrelated.

The Interplay Wellbeing Framework can be used to design and evaluate programs, based on community needs and measures of success. This is an impact driven, scientifically validated approach that statistically compares and monitors wellbeing over time, providing a roadmap to change. It is presented as on online, interactive data visualisation tool that brings together stories (videos) and numbers (statistics) for accessibility to broad audiences. This represents a solution to measuring wellbeing in the most acute case that can now be applied to solve the problem elsewhere.

The Interplay team consists of Sheree, Byron Wilson (Charles Darwin University), Tammy Abbott (Ninti One Ltd), and Jessica Yamaguchi (Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Information and Evaluation Branch).

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