Program Design

Examples of Past Program Design Projects

The Direct Payments Project (2006 – 2007)

DPP was a project of Disability Services Victoria in partnership with the Southern Metropolitan Region and a small group of people – Direct Payment users - comprising people with a disability, their family members and support people known as the Direct Payments Consultants Group. The implementation of an individualised planning and support approach formed part of the priority strategy of the VictorianState Disability Plan 2002 - 2012. Direct Payments was consistent with this approach, reflecting an international movement focusing on independence and community membership, through people with a disability directing their lives and having greater control and choice in the supports that they access.

In 2003-2004 Disability Services introduced Support & Choice, where funding for supports and services is given to a financial intermediary who pays for the things a person has chosen to buy. One of the recommendations from an evaluation of Support & Choice is that models of Direct Payments be explored, which led to the Direct Payments Project. The Direct Payments Project was one of a number of 'Participating in Policy Projects' of the Active Participation Strategy. Participatory Action Learning was undertaken in partnership with key stakeholders to develop solutions or improved outcomes through a series of cycles of planning, acting, observing, re-planning, acting and observing.

The objectives of the project were to:

  • use a participatory Action Learning approach to develop and trial Direct Payments to people with a disability and family or carers
  • develop and trial financial mechanisms and accountability requirements to support Direct Payments
  • trial approaches and tools to assist people with a disability and family members or carers to participate in policy development processes.

The anticipated outcomes of the Direct Payments Project were that:

  • people with a disability experience greater independence and autonomy people with a disability contribute to policy development
  • the participation of people with a disability in their local community is enhanced people with a disability have greater flexibility in the nature of the supports used
  • people with a disability have a greater choice of service provider
  • the accountability of public funds is duly recognised.

Community Health Workshops

Peninsula Community Health Services

Consulting work (over three years) with the three local site teams about the development of a community development approach in health promotion.

Frankston/Mornington Peninsula Volunteer Resource Centre Project 

Frankston/Mornington Peninsula Volunteer Resource Group:

Borderlands was engaged to ascertain the feasibility of a resource centre for volunteers and to recommend an appropriate model in these two local government areas.

Eastern Region Volunteering and Civic Participation project

A pioneering participatory and developmental investigation across the seven Municipalities of the Eastern Metropolitan Region, aiming at broadening the concept of volunteering and linking it with a much wider understanding of ‘civil society work’ and developing strategies to create sustainable resources and support on local, municipal, regional and state levels.

Men’s Health & Housing Project: A Search Conference 

City of Hume and North Central Primary Care Partnership:

Borderlands was engaged to run a ‘Search Conference’ which – successfully led to the establishment of local and regional policies and programs in this service area.