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VPS Innovation Case Study - Community Investment Framework

Author: Kine Nordstokka
Published Date: 15 January 2011

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) was specifically established in 2007 to put people at the heart of Victorian Government efforts to plan for the liveability of our neighbourhoods and the strength of our communities.

Community investment became one of the more important aspects of the DPCD’s work. In order to make more investments that are responsive to communities and make the investment process easier, the Community Investment Framework was created by DCPD.

The CIF is based around four strategic directions:

•partnering with community stakeholders to identify priorities;

•enabling communities to capitalise on assets and opportunities;

•leveraging and coordinating government, business and community sector investments; and

•outcomes from investment.

These directions are unified in a single end-to-end process that is more likely to generate strategic investments.

The principal characteristics of public sector innovation demonstrated by the CIF are:

•taking a community centric view;

•brokering partnerships and networks; and

•structurally embedding good policy in good practice.

One of the first programs to adopt the CIF approach was the Community Facilities for Growth Areas Program offered by DPCD in 2009/10. Survey of the program showed that adopting the CIF increased the number of deliverable projects more than threefold and their total value by more than 350% compared to the previous approach.

The CIF principles are embedded into practice across the Victorian bureaucracy with the help of Better Grants by Design – an online guide created by the Government. The guide aligns the back of house functions in grant making and management and showcases best practice in grant administration. The guide provides a structured, comprehensive and thorough approach for thinking about the myriad of issues involved in making and managing grants with a focus on community outcomes.

For further details, please refer to the attached PDF.