Using the AEDC: Community Case Studies

Enabling community action: the Victorian Local Champions project

Victoria is an Australian leader in using the AEDC in practical ways that engage everyone.

Much of Victoria’s success has been a consequence of the Local Champions project. The project began in 2009 when the first AEDC data were collected.

The Local Champions project investigates what is needed to enable communities to turn AEDC data into action.

The Local Champions project highlights Victorian case studies of communities using data to improve the lives of children and families.

Each case study tells a story of the critical role that the AEDC and other data play in shifting the focus:

  • from knowing something: the results from measures like the AEDC
  • to doing something about it: establishing new networks or building on existing efforts, making new plans or revising and refreshing current work, implementing new and taking the best of past projects while at all times keeping the focus on improving outcomes for children.

The Early Childhood Knowledge Exchange team continues to deliver on the main findings, working with Victorian communities to turn their AEDC data into action by:

  • creating free data products for communities, such as the 'Visualising the Evidence' mapping series
  • disseminating knowledge through networks of local champions/brokers; acknowledging the important role of human contact
  • translating knowledge with discussion and cooperation to unravel what the data really means
  • exchanging knowledge by capturing success in Victoria where communities are linking data with strategic planning; sharing these models of best practice via case studies, holding conferences and public meetings. See the case studies below.

For the full report, see: What enables local communities to use AEDC and other data to improve outcomes for children (pdf - 1.98mb)

Case studies

State of Children’s Wellbeing reports

Community profiles on how children and youth are faring.

CommunityReportPublished by


State of Bendigo's Children report 2011 (pdf - 5.32mb)

Anglicare and The First Quarter Leadership Group

East Gippsland

The State of East Gippsland’s Children and Youth report

Good Beginnings Australia

Strategic Action Plans including Municipal Early Years Plans

Strategic Action Plans, including Municipal Early Years plans for improving children’s outcomes.

CommunityReportPublished by


Connect: a municipal plan for children, young people and their families in the City of Whittlesea

Whittlesea City Council


Ballarat Municipal Early Years Plan

City of Ballarat


Wyndham City 2013/17 Municipal Early Years Plan

Wyndham City Council

Middle Years Index

How children in the middle years are faring.

CommunityReportPublished by


Not published yet

Not published yet


Whittlesea Middle Years Development Index 2014 and 2013

Hume Whittlesea Local Learning Employment Network (LLEN)

International case studies

CountryReportPublished by

Ontario, Canada

With Our Best Future in Mind (pdf - 2 (pdf - 2.07mb)

Charles Pascal

Ontario, Canada

With Our Best Future in Mind, summary of evidence (pdf - 490 (pdf - 490.52kb)

Charles Pascal

Ontario, Canada

Every Child, Every Opportunity (pdf - 275 (pdf - 275.32kb)

Charles Pascal