Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), part of the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, have engaged Urbis to conduct the evaluation for Ability Links NSW. The evaluation will focus on the first three years of the program’s implementation, from July 2013 to June 2016.

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  • March 16, 2015
    Two Ability Links NSW Evaluation reports released
    Two Ability Links NSW evaluation reports have been released which highlight the program is returning significant social and economic benefits to NSW – a Thematic Analysis Report and a Cost Benefit Analysis Report. The Thematic Analysis report found that participating in Ability Links NSW can lead to positive social impacts, … Continue reading Two Ability Links NSW Evaluation reports released

  • February 23, 2015
    Winner of Impact Measurement Award
    On Wednesday 18th February at the 2nd Annual Impact Measurement Awards, the Ability Links NSW Evaluation was selected as the National Winner in the category of Achievements in Impact Measurement by a Government, Corporate or Philanthropic Organisation. The Impact Measurement Awards are given in recognition of the inspiring progress being made … Continue reading Winner of Impact Measurement Award

  • December 15, 2014
    December 2014 Update
    Listen to the audio version below:   Ability Links NSW Evaluation Update December 2014 Welcome to the second update on the Ability Links NSW evaluation. This update provides a snapshot of what the evaluation team at Urbis has been doing since July 2014 and what activities are coming up. Since July … Continue reading December 2014 Update

  • July 24, 2014
    July 2014 Update
    Listen to the audio version below:   Welcome to the first update on the Ability Links NSW evaluation. This update provides a snapshot of what we have been doing and what activities are coming up. WHAT HAVE WE DONE? Since the evaluation started in November 2013 we have: talked to key stakeholders … Continue reading July 2014 Update

Ability Links NSW (ALNSW) is a new initiative to support people with disability, their families and carers, to have their needs met within their local communities. It aims to promote the rights of people with disabilities to live inclusive lives in all spheres: community, public, private and social.

Ability Links NSW is delivered by 268 Coordinators, known as ‘Linkers’, across NSW. Of these, 47 are Aboriginal identified positions. Linkers work with people with disability, their families and carers to help them plan for their future, build on their strengths and skills, and develop networks in their own communities so they can do what they want with their lives – outside of the traditional disability service system. Linkers also work with local communities to help them become more welcoming and inclusive of people with disability.

Urbis will be looking at the lessons learnt from the initial establishment of Ability Links NSW (Aboriginal and Generalist) in the Hunter region to inform the design and roll out of the state-wide expansion of Ability Links NSW from July 2014.

Our aim is for the evaluation to be an open process and to involve people who have participated in Ability Links NSW. We really want to learn about your experiences, what you understand Ability Links NSW is about, what you want from the program and how you think it might make a difference.

Over the course of the evaluation we will be inviting people to take part in face-to-face interviews and telephone interviews (see timeline for proposed timing of site visits).We will also be inviting individuals and their family/carers to take part in an online survey


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