The power of partnerships: How ARTD, the University of Queensland and the Department of Housing and Public Works are evaluating the Queensland Housing Strategy

In 2019, The University of Queensland’s Institute of Social Science Research (ISSR) and ARTD Consultants were engaged by Queensland’s Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) to evaluate their ten-year Queensland Housing Strategy.

We’ve worked collaboratively with our ISSR and DHPW colleagues to develop a monitoring and evaluation framework for the Strategy, and to assess the progress against the Strategy’s first Action Plan. Our interim analysis was recently published. It found that DHPW has progressed a substantive and important program of work under the Queensland Housing Strategy, which is changing the way that housing is provided in Queensland.

Over the last three years, there’s been a particular emphasis on strengthening the partnerships between DHPW, the housing sector, business and broader community. These are critical in growing the supply of affordable and appropriate social housing, for co-designing and adapting service delivery approaches, implementing legislative reforms.

Localised and personalised responses are also fundamental to the current and future work of the Queensland Housing Strategy. This will ensure a deeper understanding of the needs of consumers and residents, housing that better meets the needs of Queenslanders and that changes to legislation and regulations address identified problems and concerns.

We are also excited by the partnership with ISSR and DHPW. Together, we have negotiated the challenges of the COVID–19 pandemic and will explore the impact of this on the Queensland Housing Strategy in our final evaluation report, due in early 2021.

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