Over the past two years, peer-led and community-based organisations across Australia have been busy piloting the W3 Framework and tools at programmatic and organisational levels, and in some cases, at system-level and in their relationships with funders.

This extended period of piloting and implementation signalled the need for an interim analysis on how organisations are using the W3 Framework and what impact this is having in their organisation.

The W3 Project Team is excited to release the What Works and Why (W3) Project: Impact Analysis which explores the way that peer-led and community-based organisations are using and adapting the W3 Framework.

Through a series of case studies, the report investigates the experiences of Harm Reduction Victoria, Living Positive Victoria, the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) and Australian Injecting and Illicit Drug Users League (AIVL) and how each of these organisations are adapting the W3 Framework for their specific contexts and the type of impacts the Framework is creating.

Although the impacts and outcomes are in their early stages, and the Framework is used in different ways and at different levels in each organisations, some common impact themes are beginning to emerge.  The report finds that W3 is supporting organisations to:

  • Collect more meaningful data,
  • Increase peer staff confidence and motivation to use peer evaluation methods,
  • Capture the unique impact of peer-led action, and
  • Build stronger evidence of peer contributions to high level blood borne virus indicators.

In essence, the W3 Framework helping replace a sense of “believing” that peer-led actions work with evidence and a consistent language to describe the way the peers contribute to Australia’s blood borne virus policy goals. It is also helping organisations streamline their evaluation and monitoring practices, decreasing the workload for staff and making the process less onerous for clients.

The full report is available here

In the coming months we will be continuing a focus on implementation and will soon be releasing a W3 Implementation Kit to help other peer and community-based organisations implement the W3 Framework.

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