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Wendy Mason to join OC as Director

Wendy Mason will be joining Opportunity Child as our new Director of Strategy and Operations on 10th December 2018.

 


Wendy has held significant roles as the Head of the Commonwealth Bank Foundation, General Manager of the Western Research Institute and most recently with the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation. Her extensive management and business development experience, excellent networks and track record in stakeholder relations across the government, financial and not-for-profit sectors will be a valuable addition to our team.

Opportunity Child launches as an independent organisation

We are excited to announce that Opportunity Child has officially become a separate entity after successful incubation by ten20 Foundation.

Our inaugural board meeting on 24th October saw Ivan Power from Macquarie Group welcomed as Incoming Chair. Ivan brings a passion for working with communities to improve the lives of their children and is joined by NSW’s former and inaugural Children’s Commissioner, Gillian Calvert as Deputy Chair.

We believe the expertise of our new board will offer us fresh perspectives,

OC ramps up capabilities in Early Childhood collaboration

23 August 2018

Opportunity Child has announced four significant appointments to drive its Collective Impact agenda in early childhood development.

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Tara Kleine – Director, Capability and Development (starts 3rd September). Tara was previously Principal Advisor for Leadership and Organisational Capability at Rio Tinto. She brings executive-level experience across corporate, government, community and NFP and is skilled in leading large networks and influencing for strategic and programmatic benefit. A major focus of her role will be designing and implementing a structured peer support network for communities focused on place-based work in Australia.

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Data, impact and action

Sarah Brittle is Backbone Leader at Alice Springs collective impact initiative Strong Kids Strong Centre. Sarah wrote this blog post:

The focus here at Strong Kids Strong Centre is about gathering the local data we know is critical for ensuring Alice Springs is a child-friendly community.

So whereas last year our energy was directed towards building the foundations and setting strategy, we’re now working on the large task of gathering expert and community data.

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Communities of Practice – authentic open learning

We know that creating long lasting social change isn’t easy.

For leaders working in complex and changing circumstances, such as a collective impact initiative, there can be a real sense of isolation. This may seem counterintuitive when collective impact is about working together and moving away from isolated impact, but this work is about thinking and acting differently, and that is often met with resistance.

To support these leaders and connect peers across the country, Opportunity Child initiated three Communities of Practice (CoP).

Shared data + local wisdom: growing the Logan Together movement

Logan Together is a Queensland collective impact initiative. It’s everybody who cares about Logan’s kids and we did a whole lot of growing in 2017.

As we grew, we wanted to share the love more and more with our partners and community. So we set out to share the data we were collecting and tap further into local wisdom to build our movement for change for Logan’s children. We embarked on an online journey and I’d like to share three ways we did it.

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Collective impact governance: navigating the pitfalls

Former backbone leader Sharon Fraser shares insights into navigating collective impact governance.

“Getting the right governance foundations in place is critical in collective impact collaborations. Not so long ago I was working in a collaboration that decided to reset the governance structure.

The idea was to move decision making from leaders in the service system to share power with the community and bring the voice of government and business onto the leadership table. With great enthusiasm and a sense that we were doing something grand we set about doing the work.

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Media release: CEO appointed

24 January 2018

Opportunity Child partners and the ten20 Board are pleased to announce that Dr Dianne Jackson has been appointed to the new role of Chief Executive Officer for Opportunity Child ‑ Australia’s only national intermediary in the early childhood development space using a collective impact approach.

Dr Jackson’s starting date is Monday 29 January 2018.

“Taking up the reins in this role represents a career highlight, enabling me to work alongside many,

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Dr Dianne Jackson is the new CEO of Opportunity Child

The Opportunity Child partners, along with the ten20 Board, are pleased to announce that Dr Dianne Jackson has accepted the offer of the new role of Chief Executive Officer for Opportunity Child.

Dianne’s starting date is Monday 29 January 2018.

She says being appointed to the role of CEO represents a career highlight which enables Dianne to work alongside many, for the greater good of kids.

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Shared outcomes framework

About the shared outcomes framework

The shared outcomes framework is part of Opportunity Child’s ongoing effort to make it easier to measure progress and impact. The framework outlines a range of headline indicators organised by five of the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth’s (ARACY’s) The Nest[1] domains.

In early 2017, Opportunity Child’s impact team reviewed the OC shared outcomes framework and reduced the number of domains to five, removing one that did not directly pertain to child outcomes.