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Local Research

Research is best done in a transparent manner recognising the vantage point from which it is being undertaken and the purposes for which it is intended or likely to be used. There has been tension for some time between local residents, organisations and government over research issues resulting from government failure to release earlier studies and a lack of belief in HNSW assurances that it will be different in this project. For the Redfern Waterloo Redevelopment HNSW set up a "Waterloo Community Learning & Research Project" which is independently chaired by Dr Judith Stubbs. Time will tell how this unfolds but initially HNSW undertook a baseline study without reference to the community and a University of Western Sydney Residents’ Voices project has been initiated independently of HNSW. Here we have gathered some of the information about research in Redfern Waterloo - see also section in Redevelopment on Social Mix.
Redfern & Waterloo Community Learning and Research Group
Here you will find material connected to the Redfern & Waterloo Community Learning and Research chaired by Dr Judith Stubbs.
File HNSW Redfern Waterloo Community Baseline Survey
This is a copy of the Redfern Waterloo baseline survey (promoted as the Redfern Waterloo Community Survey) which was undertaken by Sweeney Research, a market research company, on behalf of Housing NSW about how tenants felt about their community and what was important to them. The rationale of the survey was to establish base line data before any development started to be able to assess any post development changes. The file is PDF 118Kb.
One of the studies the community wants released in a study by Australia and New Zealand School of Government. The Explanitory Statement (reproduced below) states that "at the completion of the project, subject to Housing NSW agreement about any potential confidentiality concerns, interviewees will be offered the opportunity to view the final report or part thereof following submission." The report has not been made available with various reasons being given including that it was just a a student study. Below we have reproduced two letters sent by HNSW to participants. The letters show that participants were asked to be involved in a study being undertaken for HNSW and that HNSW recognise that there was good co-operation from respondents and that respondents also wanted the final study released which HNSW said they would consider.
Central Sydney Region High Rise Strategy
In 2004 the (then) Department of Housing commissioned the study “Managing our High Rise Buildings – A Framework for managing our high rise buildings in Central Sydney Division.” The study was undertaken by a consultant and documented the tenancy, building management and community engagement aspects of managing high-rises. REDWatch requested the release of this report. HNSW has declined to release the report but instead has released the report below which explains the process for development of the High Rise Strategy some years ago, the main conclusions of the Strategy and what has happened since then. It also includes the records of 3 consultation processes that took place in Redfern and Waterloo areas as part of the process.
File Good Practice Guide: Measuring and Maximising Research Impact in Applied Social Science Research Settings
This Good Practice Guide describes the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) approach to measuring impact using examples from our own case studies, as well as showing how to maximise the impact of applied social science research. It is a useful resource for both researchers and those being researched. File is 205KB PDF.