Centre for Multi Cultural Program Evaluation

Case Studies

Racial Equity and Social Justice

CALD Community Leadership in Action


Victorian Multicultural Commission (VMC)


Co design Civic Participation and Community Engagement Leadership training content and evaluate outcomes, in collaboration with the Sir Zelman Cowan Centre and the Social Research Centre.

Evaluation Approach

Rapid evaluation using Kirkpatrick’s four levels of training framework, equity and culturally responsive principles and approaches. The evaluation will evaluate and measure the:

  • Effect the leadership program had on participants’ knowledge, skills (including confidence) and understanding of civic and community engagement – pre and post leadership program.
  • Further effects and overall outcome on civic participation and community engagement.
  • Co design approach to design leadership program content.


The program seeks to:

  • Strengthen capability of multicultural and multifaith organisations and community leaders in civic engagement and community engagement
  • Facilitate the emergence of young and new CALD leaders to support succession planning in community organisations
  • Facilitate community leadership in new and emerging multicultural communities
  • Develop stronger cross-cultural and faith connections among leaders
  • Provide evidence base of successful application of a genuine co design approach with program advisory committee members and how this can be nuanced for applicability in future government projects.

Program Goal and Objectives

Multicultural and multifaith communities need support to build their civic participation, community engagement, networking opportunities, contacts, and potential for collaborative partnerships for projects across communities, and within communities. It aims to:

  • lead to better outcomes and opportunities for communities when responding to crisis situations, including COVID-19 response and recovery, and
  • improve community leaders understanding of how to better navigate and collaborate with government for culturally responsive programs and policies, social cohesion and anti-racism initiatives.


Whilst this evaluation is only limited to evaluating the immediate effects of this pro- equity training program, these findings provide early indications that there is need for more of this type of program.

Inclusive community-based civic participation and community engagement starts with strong relationships between and within multicultural and multi-faith communities and between government and multicultural and multi-faith communities. In order for a democracy to be authentic, the inclusion of all citizens is paramount. The quality of the connections formed by community leaders at all levels and government represents the fibres that hold our democracy together.

Unfortunately, many multifaith and multicultural community leaders in Victoria, don’t know how and have often not been invited to engage with government in an authentic way.

Their gifts have gone unappreciated, their voices have been underrepresented, and their experiences have been repeatedly disregarded.

This is the cumulative effect that inequitable civic participation and civic engagement has had in Victoria. The time for more change is now, we need to realise and embrace the values that our diversity brings to Victoria, however; in order to embrace the gifts of diversity we must face the effects of the socio historic and political context surrounding migration and multicultural policies, through programs such as this.