Maranguka is different to standard partnership models, adopting a collective impact framework which changes the way government, NGOs and community members provides services to the community.
The first stage focused on building trust between community and service providers, data collection, identifying community priorities and circuit breakers. Regular meetings were held with Bourke community members and visiting and local representatives from government departments. The local community spent a lot of time thinking about how to reduce offending and make the community safer.
Data was collected to tell the story about a young Aboriginal person’s journey through the criminal justice system in Bourke, including data on types of offending, diversion, bail, sentencing, days and times offences were being committed and re-offending rates. Data was also collected on the community’s outcomes in early life, education, employment, housing, child safety, and healthcare outcomes including mental health and drugs and alcohol. The data conversations held by local facilitators, and community feedback was then presented to the Bourke Tribal Council. The Bourke Tribal Council then developed the strategy document, Growing our Kids Up Safe, Smart and Strong.