Helping communities improve child development outcomes: The importance of governance in the Kids in Communities Study (KiCS)


Rachel Robinson
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute

Tammy Findlay
Mount Saint Vincent University

Geoffrey Woolcock
University of Southern Queensland


This case study considers
the multi-level governance environment of child development policy in two suburbs in Victoria, Australia. The mixed methodology draws on material from the governance domain of the Kids in Communities Study (KiCS). KiCS investigates the relationship between neighbourhood factors and Early Childhood Development (ECD) in communities of advantage and disadvantage across Australia. KiCS has enabled researchers to consider the ECD governance environment in multiple sites, reflect on the potential to develop community-level indicators for child outcomes, and leverage policy opportunities to improve child development.

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood—Volume 43 Number 3 September 2018.

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