Tuesday, 29 Apr 2014

Finalising the social work assessment pilot in Indonesia

Family alliance member Muhammadiyah, Indonesia, have held a final workshop as they approach the end of their pilot of our social work assessment tool. This project builds on the experiences of alliance member, Associação Brasileira Terra dos Homens (ABTH), who piloted the tool in Brazil last year.

Head of Policy Emily Delap and Professor Andy Bilson visited Jakarta last week to discuss key findings from the work and hone further the skills, methodology and analysis tools used.

The assessment tool is designed to build upon strengths within a social work system in order to improve services provision for vulnerable children and families. It uses an Appreciative Inquiry approach which focuses on positive experiences and encourages reflection and actions based on good practices. The Indonesian pilot included two weeks of training and field testing, followed by focus groups with children and parents, and meetings with key stakeholders.

Emily said: “Since receiving our initial training last summer, Muhammadiyah has been working on identifying case studies featuring promising practice of family strengthening in four different locations.

“This workshop has reviewed their findings and the methodology used and will now take the lessons learnt forward into advocacy work, including that with other NGO’s around the UN Guidelines for Alternative Care”.

Read the ABTH report here and watch this video interview with Herni Ramdlaningrum from Muhammadiyah and Claudia Cabral from ABTH.

In the days that followed the workshop, Muhammadiyah gathered 21 representatives of Indonesia civil society for a two day advocacy workshop on family strengthening and alternative care. Read more about it here.

Member: Muhammadiyah