Senior Advisor, Research & Evaluation at the Centre for Evidence & Implementation and Adjunct Associate Professor, Griffith University’s School of Human Services and Social Work; and QUT’s Centre for Children’s Health.
Geoff Woolcock works with a diverse range of public and private sector organisations helping develop whole of community outcome measures for a variety of social interventions, particularly in socio-economically disadvantaged communities. He is especially interested in building more effective evidence of what place-based approaches work to improve children’s wellbeing.
Geoff is an experienced social researcher with considerable expertise in social and community service planning and evaluation, including social impact assessment and project evaluation. He has 25 years’ community-based research experience nationally and internationally, in housing, youth and health sectors, originally in HIV/AIDS prevention and education, culminating in his PhD thesis on AIDS activism completed in 2000. He is a board director on the Australian National Development Index (ANDI), the Brisbane Housing Company and the Logan Child-Friendly Community Charitable Trust, a critical catalyst for the Logan Together collective impact initiative. Geoff was the chair of the Australian Community Indicators Network (ACIN) from 2010-2014, is on the executive steering committee for Community Indicators Queensland (CIQ), is a project leader for the Eidos Institute, a Fellow of the Life Course Centre of Excellence, and is on the inaugural organising committee for the Queensland SIMNA chapter.
He was the Australian member on the executive committee for the Asia-Pacific Child-Friendly Cities Network (2010-2013) and the inaugural Queensland convenor for the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth (ARACY) from 2013-2014. He has assisted several communities in establishing their own State of Children’s Reports, assisted by the web resource Child-Friendly Communities Australia. Geoff is a partner investigator in two ARC Linkage projects, the Kids in Community Study (KiCS), an offshoot of the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) where qualitative assessments of critical factors determining the success of several “outlier” communities in low income neighbourhoods are being undertaken, and the CREATE project, testing the conditions for collective impact in child wellbeing in a range of Communities for Children sites throughout eastern Australia. Geoff is a frequent public speaker and commentator about bettering the built and natural environments for children and youth using a whole-of-community approach.