Research and Publications - The Smith Family
Access to education and learning opportunities impacts positively on young Australians in need
One of The Smith Family's guiding principles is to be evidence-based. Research is the foundation for all our programs, this enables us to respond effectively to young Australians in need.
Making a Difference: Building on Young People's Experiences of Economic Adversity
As one of the first Australian studies to consider the real experience of economically disadvantaged young people, this qualitative study documents how young people experience exclusion in the family, at school and in their communities. It involved more than 130 interviews with children and young people (aged between 11 and 17 years) in NSW, Victoria and South Australia and their parents, teachers and service providers. The report provides a unique and rare view into the lived experience of children, how they cope with disadvantage and what they think can be done about it.
Making a difference - Full report
Life chances for children in the 'Lucky Country'
New research questions whether Australia really is the 'lucky' country - the land of the 'fair go' where children are able to reach their potential regardless of their background. This AMP funded report, released by The Smith Family and NATSEM, is the first report in a series that looks at factors influencing children's life chances in Australia.
Unequal Opportunities - Full report
Preparing students for the transition to work or further study
Engaging Students: Building Aspirations
This literature review provides a comprehensive analysis of national and international research to assist with the development of an evidence-based model to support students in Years 8-10 (13-16 years) as they progress through school into work or further study.
Engaging Students - Summary report
Engaging Students - Full report
Opening doors: the role of sponsorship in addressing disadvantage
This report looks at the role of financial assistance in breaking the cycle of disadvantage for Australian children, using the example of a sponsorship model that works to help these individuals remove the many barriers they face.
Opening doors - Summary report
More research and useful links
Research is essential to enable us to evaluate the effectiveness of our programs, to measure the impact of our programs and also ensure that the investment of our supporters is used in the best possible way.
Relationships, mentoring & volunteering
Presentations and submissions
The Smith Family actively contributes to policy debates and social justice issues in the education, non-profit, community and public sectors. Staff presentations and submissions by The Smith Family are available for download here, their dissemination is encouraged
Read Full Presentations and Submissions
85th birthday report series
To celebrate our 85th Birthday we commissioned a series of special reports. Each of these reports goes to the essence of what the contemporary Smith Family is, and mark the distinguishing features of our organisation.
Read The Smith Family's 85th birthday reports
Research enables us to work with communities to effectively build their capacity to improve outcomes for children and young people and their families.