Advanced Place-Based Development Approaches

This five day short course will support staff working in social services and Indigenous affairs to work developmentally.

Learning objectives

Participants will develop skills in place-based approaches, locally-led decision making, frontline leadership, institutional brokering, and adapting to complexity. Topics covered in the course include:

  • Frontline implementation leadership
  • Strengthening Indigenous and community governance
  • Brokering crowded institutional contexts
  • Advanced participatory methods        
  • Conflict resolution            
  • Cultural competency in relationships           
  • Strengths-based approaches
  • Problem-driven approaches
  • Gendered analysis
  • Political economy stakeholder analysis
  • Adaptive program logics and complexity
  • Data-driven approaches and M&E
  • Transparency and accountability
  • Personal challenges     

Teaching approach

Our teaching style draws on the case-study method to apply theory to practice, focused on skills development in tackling real world issues and dilemmas. Case studies are either presented as readings researched from practice, or by the trainees themselves reflecting on their experiences. There will be some pre-workshop reading required.

Each session is divided into four components: teaching of theory and practice frameworks; description of the case study challenge; workshopping in small groups; and an epilogue or reflection. The learning is interpretative and generative of new ideas, so the course can help participants facilitate feedback on policy implementation. Rather than being simply taught, the trainees bring their own experience and learn from each other. Policy makers have the opportunity to learn from frontline workers, and vice versa. Non-Indigenous staff have the opportunity to learn from Indigenous  staff, and vice versa. The course will also build comradery and a professional network, for trainees to draw on when they are back at their jobs.

Who should attend?

The course is beneficial for government staff at all levels, and for staff working with NGOs, Indigenous and community organisations, mining companies or other private sector employers. The training will be relevant to tackling complex social problems in Indigenous communities, urban centres, country towns and developing countries.  Participants will bring a range of experiences and knowledge, and we will draw this into the course to maximise its relevance.

The course is restricted to a maximum of 30 trainees to create a dynamic space for learning and collaboration, so early registration is advised.  Register now as space is limited.

For general enquiries please contact the Development Effectiveness team.


Course fees

Fees for this 5-day course include GST, lunch and morning/afternoon tea:

  • Standard rate - $2,750 
  • 10% Early Bird discount (exp. one month prior to course delivery) - $2,475
  • 20% Discount for groups of 3 or more - $2,200
  • 25% Discount for students and Indigenous organisations - $2,062

Course details

2018 courses:

  • 20-24 August in Alice Springs
  • 03 - 07 December in Brisbane

The course will run from 9am to 5pm each day, with breaks for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. Course fees include comprehensive course materials including course handbook, slides manual, and required readings, as well as lunch, morning and afternoon tea.

The course will be facilitated by Professor Mark Moran, Chair of Development Effectiveness, alongside guest speakers who are experts and highly experienced in the science of development practice.

By registering to attend this course you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

If you have a group who would like to undertake this course and the scheduled dates aren't suitable, we can deliver at other times and venues by arrangement.  Contact for further information.