Research and Evaluation

Mission and Vision

Wanslea has a strong commitment to research and evaluation, so that we and the families with whom we work can be sure that the services we provide are effective. Our goal is to strategically position Wanslea as a leader in research and evaluation in the human services sector in Western Australia.

Our vision for Research and Evaluation:

  • Wanslea is identified as an organisation that uses, implements, develops and builds evidence-based practice
  • Wanslea provides best practice services to children and families, seeking and building evidence where there are gaps
  • All Wanslea practitioners are able to access and assess best quality research and evidence to inform their work

Wanslea has a research strategy covering priority areas, current and future projects, research partnerships and the ethics and principles on which our work is based.

Wanslea Research Strategy 2018 - 2021

In 2014, Wanslea released its inaugural Research Strategy. The second iteration of the strategy builds on the foundational work completed through that first strategy. The strategy sets out Wanslea's research priorities, structures, partnerships, knowledge translation and plans for the next three years.

Click here to view our Research Strategy. For any additional information, contact Katrina Stratton (08) 9245 2441.

Networks and Partnerships

Leadership and Networks

Co-Convener of the WA Social Research Network – click here for more information

Convener of the Non-Profit Measurement Community of Practice

Member of the Social Impact Measurement Network Australia, WA Committee


Curtin University – Joint appointment between Wanslea and the School of Occupational Therapy, Social Work, and Speech Pathology

AnglicareWA – Co-Convener of WA Social Research Network

Australian Association of Social Workers – International Social Work Day Research Symposium

Centre for Social Impact, University of Western Australia – Outcome Measurement Workshops and shared research projects

Edith Cowan University – Grandparent Carer Research Project

Lotterywest – primary funder of Grandparent Carer and 100 Families research projects

Social Policy Research Consortium, University of Western Australia – shared research projects


Grandparent Carer Research
The Grandparent Carer research project aims to inform advocacy, policy and service development for grandparents raising their grandchildren in WA. The research is being undertaken in partnership with Edith Cowan University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia and is guided by the Grandcare Research Advisory Group. Lotterywest has provided funding for this work. For further updates on the project, click here.

100 Families WA
100 Families WA, modelled on the Auckland 100 Families project, is a collective and collaborative research project that aims to understand and address entrenched disadvantage (or hardship) as experienced by families living in Western Australia. Funded by Lotterywest, the project is a partnership between UWA, WACOSS, nine not-for-profit organisations and experts by experience. For more information click here.

Navigating through Life Study
Funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC), this project is a longitudinal population-based study examining the transition from out of home care  that is, the experience of young people moving into independent living from foster care. Led by Curtin University, Wanslea is a partner alongside the Department of Communities and Monash University.

Family Voices Informing Change
A project of the Social Change Alliance, this projects aims to find out if better outcomes can be achieved with families in vulnerable situations through organisations collaborating with a more integrated approach. The key approach is a Human Centred Design process. The Social Change Alliance includes AnglicareWA, Ngala, St Bartholomew’s, Wungening Aboriginal Corporation, Foundation Housing, Richmond Wellbeing, Wanslea and Palmerston Association.

Research Capacity in the Non-Profit Sector: Wanslea Case Study
The aim of this project is to capture the history of the development of research capacity and culture at Wanslea, influence the ongoing development of research within the organisation and provide examples of practices and strategies non-profits can use to develop research capacity. This project has ethics approval from the University of Western Australia.Research Capacity in the Non-Profit Sector: Wanslea Case Study.

Outcome Measurement in the Community Services Sector
The Centre for Social Impact (UWA) has been delivering outcome measurement workshops since 2017, with Wanslea joining as partner in 2019. Building on research conducted by the CSI-UWA and the Bankwest Foundation, these workshops engage participants in building outcome measurement capacity, culture and skill in their organisations. Participants leave with an action list as to how they will implement the learning across their organisation.  Click here for more information.


Murray,T., Vitasovic,D. 2018. "Corporate Social Responsibility: Australian Case Study Innovation Capabilities: Not for Profit: Transforming Families and Children in  Innovation Management and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Stratton, K., Gray, D., Lund, S. 2018. "Facebook and Foster Care: Connection, engagement, and organisational change." Developing Practice: the child youth and family work journal 49:44-55.

Dixon, P. 2016. “Organisational leadership and the implementation of a new Practice Framework”, AASW National Bulletin, Vol.25(4), available here.

Targowska, A., Cavazzi, T., Lund, S. 2016. “Fostering Together - The Why and How of Involving and Supporting Biological Children of Foster Carers”, Children Australia, Vol.41(1).

Terry, J. 2013. “The Child in Sight, in Mind and Right in the Centre: child-centred, family inclusive practice in reunification”, Developing Practice, No.36 Spring.

Wanslea practitioners present regularly at national and international conferences with representation from Family Services, Out of Home Care, Regional Services and Wanslea Early Learning and Development.


For more information please contact the Dr Katrina Stratton, Manager Researh and Evaluation on 9245 2441