Research at Relationships Australia NSW:
- is an integral part of our professional development and quality management systems
- enables a reflective approach to both our clinical practice and professional development.
In addition to research about relationships, we:
- undertake evaluations that monitor service provision;
- gather client perceptions and experiences of our clinical work;
- contribute to policy and practice development at a sector level.
Our Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) oversees ethics approval and monitoring of our formal research. Scroll down for further information on our HREC.
WHY DO WE CONDUCT RESEARCH AND EVALUATION?
In the first instance, we conduct research to continuously improve our practice and service delivery. We also collaborate with community, academic, non-government and government partners to inform policy and funding models.
HUMAN RESEARCH ETHICS COMMITTEE (HREC)
The RANSW Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) is registered with the National Health and Medical Research Council (HREC number EC00416).
The purpose of the RANSW HREC is to protect the welfare and the rights of participants in research involving clients, staff and community stakeholders. The committee operates in accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research 2007 (updated 2018) – the ‘National Statement’. The Terms of reference for the committee can be accessed at this link: RANSW HREC ToR.
Membership of the RANSW HREC complies with the requirements of the National Statement.
For more information about our RANSW HREC Terms of Reference, you may view the following LINK
Complaints about the RANSW HREC, its review processes or decisions should be directed to the Chairperson Mr Andrew Butler in the first instance, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any complaints about researchers or the conduct of research can be directed to the RANSW CEO Ms Elisabeth Shaw at: email@example.com
COMPLETED AND ONGOING RESEARCH PROJECTS
DEVELOPING LGBTQ PROGRAMS FOR PERPETRATORS & VICTIMS/SURVIVORS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & FAMILY VIOLENCE
In 2015, Relationships Australia NSW developed a partnership with ACON Health (formerly the AIDS Council of New South Wales) on this cross-agency, research project to develop and test group interventions for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer (LGBTQ) perpetrators and victims/survivors of domestic and family violence.
The final 2020 report is available here.
A Sydney Star Observer Article on the report can be found here.
Key Findings Paper can be accessed here.
YOUNG CHILDREN IN DIVORCE STUDY WITH FAMILY TRANSITIONS
This project aims to test the effectiveness of a newly developed online seminar for parents who have children five years or younger, and who are going through a separation. The aim is to provide additional parenting support to help parents reduce the negative impact of acrimonious separations on young children. We are:
- gathering baseline data which reports on outcomes from our current practice;
- trialing the online parenting seminar with a sample of clients;
- gathering data which reports on the effectiveness of this seminar to understand the impact of the program.
INTERNAL RESEARCH PROJECTS
To constantly improve our own service we conduct a wide range of internal research projects. Our research studies include:
- our performance in relation to our Stretch Reconciliation Plan;
- how to best serve clients who identify as LGBTIQ;
- factors that influence client engagement and retention at our counselling services;
- client outcomes at our Family and Relationships Services;
- how clients perceive and experience our services in general.
- Impacts of Covid19 on clients accessing our family violence & counselling services