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The DCJ Research Strategy 2020-2022

The Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) Research Strategy supports strategically-driven research projects and research partnerships with universities, NGOs and other government agencies. The Research Strategy enables DCJ to invest in research that directly addresses our most pressing priorities. These research priorities focus on evidence gaps and generate new knowledge to inform future policy and practice. DCJ research aims to answer specific questions and find solutions to gain insights that support the Department to achieve its immediate and longer term priorities. The research encompasses the generation of new knowledge and the application of evidence to policy, practice and service delivery.

Download the Department of Communities and Justice Research Strategy 2020-2022 PDF, 7247.11 KB.


Research supports the Department of Communities and Justice to deliver evidence-based policy and practice that improves client and community outcomes


Communities and Justice Research:

  • is developed with clients and communities to identify what works
  • is practice led and feeds back into practice and policy
  • is aligned to the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework
  • embeds the principles of Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Governance
  • is rigorous, ethical and culturally responsive
  • is generated through collaboration across the Human Services Sector
  • supports Communities and Justice to achieve its strategic priorities.


  1. Improve client outcomes by creating and using new knowledge to close evidence gaps.
  2. Transform the Department of Communities and Justice into an evidence-based organisation where research informs decision making.
  3. Implement a best practice model to direct, conduct and translate human services research.
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Last updated: 14 Dec 2020