The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) progresses and promotes evidence-based programs and strategies to improve the wellbeing of children and young people.
By collaborating with researchers, policymakers and practitioners, ARACY turns ‘what works’ into practical, preventative action.
What ARACY does
At ARACY, we are creating opportunities and the neutral space for researchers, policymakers and practitioners to work together across traditional barriers. By sharing knowledge, we are finding practical solutions to issues affecting the health, development and wellbeing of young Australians.
Here’s how we’re making it happen:
For us, treating the problem isn’t enough. All of our projects are about progressing ways to prevent issues before they take hold, based on best evidence, not guesswork. Our current flagship projects include right@home, The Nest, Common Approach to Assessment, Referral and Support (CAARS), and Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story.
Our Networks provide a way for our members to collaborate in sharing knowledge, and progress new approaches to improving child and youth wellbeing.
Our state convenors in New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia are engaged to increase connections and collaboration between members, as well as develop ARACY’s work locally through state-based networking opportunities.
From international conferences to webinars and workshops, our events create face-to-face and virtual opportunities to share knowledge and inspire new ideas and collaborations.
Central to our advocacy activities are our regular publications – our weekly eBulletin and monthly ARACY Update, in addition to our extensive contacts with policy- and decision-makers nationally. We aim to facilitate collective action by translating evidence into what it means for policy and practice, and advocating for evidenced-informed prevention strategies to improve child and youth health and wellbeing.