Schools as Communities Evaluation


Merrilyn Woodward, Prof Morag McArthur, Dr Gail Winkworth

Funding Source:

ACT Community Services Directorate


The purpose of this evaluation was to review the operation of the Schools as Communities (SAC) program, which began in 2001, to determine how effectively it was achieving its objectives and intended outcomes, and to make recommendations about future program directions and management and staffing arrangements.

The evaluation involved a literature review, analysis of quantitative data, and analysis of interviews with a wide range of stakeholders including parents, principals and the SAC community outreach workers.


Woodward, M., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). Evaluation of the Schools as Communities Program in the ACT. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.