Insights to change over time

ISSR researchers have theoretical and applied expertise in longitudinal research design and the analysis of complex longitudinal social data. Longitudinal research can provide unique insights into individual and social change over time. Recent projects in this area include:

  • A longitudinal process and outcome evaluation of multiple initiatives funded by FaHCSIA that aim to prevent sexual assault through education
  • A longitudinal multilevel study to identify factors associated with changes in physical activity in mid-age, funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant
  • Our longitudinal Australian Community Capacity Study, which collects data from 10,000 residents in Brisbane and Melbourne to measure the impact of place and time on community resilience, crime and social disorder.

Achieving Responsive Sleep, Rest and Relaxation Practices

Sleeping babyE4Kids is a five-year longitudinal study designed to assess the impact of everyday, approved ECEC programs on children’s learning and developmental outcomes. Originally operating out of the Queensland University of Technology, Professor Karen Thorpe led a team via E4Kids to conduct the first large-scale observational studies of sleep practices in ECEC environments. The team investigated the effectiveness of sleep, rest and relaxation practices within more than 180 kindergarten, long day care and family day care settings, including more than 3000 children (from birth to five years).

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