New appointee to lead CoLab involvement in unprecedented Early Years Initiative
CoLab Co-Director of Research Dr Kim Clark
Dr Kim Clark has been appointed Co-Director of Research for CoLab, the partnership between Telethon Kids and the Minderoo Foundation.
Kim’s career has spanned research and evaluation related to public and primary health issues and programs, health policy, frontline management of primary care services, and tertiary education. His experience in the area of translation of evidence to practice spans public and not-for-profit health and social services areas.
CoLab Director Professor Donna Cross said Kim would lead CoLab’s involvement in the Early Years Initiative and oversee other place-based and research initiatives.
“Having someone of Kim’s calibre join our team really boosts our capacity to work together with a broad range of stakeholders and families and communities in a bid to improve the learning and development of children and reduce inequality,” Professor Cross said.
Kim joins Co-Director of Policy David Ansell who was appointed in 2017 to strengthen CoLab’s push to make sure evidence is translated into policy to improve the learning and development of children.
Kim said the Early Years Initiative was a one-off opportunity to do something substantial in a small number of communities to establish how large scale reform of the early childhood system in Western Australia can work.
“The involvement of the Minderoo Foundation, and partnership with the State Government, represents an unprecedented opportunity to ensure every child has the best possible chance to thrive,” Dr Clark said.
The Early Years Initiative will trial, test and evaluate community-led, evidence-informed approaches to child development in four priority communities across metropolitan, regional and remote communities in Western Australia, which will be identified in coming months.
“The research arm will be critical to demonstrate what can work,” he said.
“Along the 10-year journey of this initiative it will be important to get a clear understanding of how local area reforms might transfer to scale.
“We will work with communities and service providers to rapidly assess what works and then share evidence with stakeholders across Western Australia to improve early childhood care in every community.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to try new approaches at a community level and quantify the differences they make.”