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Role and functions

We aim to increase understanding of factors affecting the welfare of Australian families by conducting research and communicating findings to policy makers, service providers, researchers and the broader community. We evaluate policies and programs, and we provide advice to inform the design and implementation of policy and services.

The Institute’s What Works for Families Research Framework (Families Framework), highlighted in the AIFS Corporate Plan 2019/20 to 2022/23, guides our research agenda including commissioned projects. The Framework outlines four key research areas:

  • Life stages and transitions
  • Family relationships
  • Social and economic participation
  • Challenges for families.

We communicate our research findings to make evidence accessible and useful for decision makers, practitioners and the general public. We do this through our research publications, conferences, websites, information exchanges, information services, presentations, seminars and webinars, representation and through mass media.

The AIFS Corporate Plan 2019/20 to 2022/23 outlines our roles and functions for this annual reporting period. The four strategic priorities outlined in the plan are:

  • Create knowledge
  • Communicate for impact
  • Collaborate and connect
  • Activate organisational sustainability.