Maps the connections to wellbeing

Interplay is a scientific mapping tool that measures wellbeing holistically. We bring community into the design, to evaluate programs based on shared measures of success.

How we do it

  • We work together in a 'shared space' where each of the key groups collaborate in every part of the project at every level
  • We take a holistic or 'whole of system' approach to understand how all the parts are interconnected or 'interplay'
  • We bring together stories and numbers to represent community values and priorities in a scientific framework
  • Our approach is both strength-based and evidence based to build sustainable impact

Case Study: Pathways to Education Success

900 Aboriginal adults were surveyed from 4 different remote Aboriginal communities. Interrelationships were identified with structural equation modeling.

Better literacy outcomes from culture in school

  • Education outcomes are much better for those who learn about their own culture at school, and learn Aboriginal literacy as a stepping stone to English literacy.
  • Culturally relevant curriculum and learning styles improves education outcomes.

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Literacy structural equation model


Our framework and indicators were designed from the ground-up over 6 years in Aboriginal communities in remote Australia.

Developed as a collaboration between the Ninti One Foundation, the Australian Government's Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet and Flinders University as part of the Cooperative Research Centre for Remote Economic Participation (CRC-REP)

Stories from the Ground


This short documentary reveals the complexity of Aboriginal culture in remote Australia. It also suggests that connecting with culture - through being on country, speaking in language, and practising culture in the everyday - improves the wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in remote Australia.

Education and Learning

This video presents a range of perspectives on what can improve education outcomes for Aboriginal children living in remote Australia.


What does meaningful work in remote Australia look like? Watch the responses here.

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