Interplay Mapping

Interplay is a scientific mapping tool that can measure wellbeing holistically.

We bring community into the design, to evaluate programs based on shared values, vision and measures of success.

Find out about our shared space way of working together.

We work with you to design an Interplay Map for your needs.

Holistic Wellbeing

Understand wellbeing at a holistic or 'whole of system' level

Wellbeing is holistic and influenced by many interrelating factors.

Interplay is a 'whole of system' statistical mapping tool.

To honour the holistic nature of wellbeing and understand how everything hangs together we take a systems approach to data analysis.

Interplay Mapping can provide statistical measures of:

  • Wellbeing and how it changes over time
  • Cultural and community values and priorities
  • Individuals and groups
  • Interrelationships between contributing factors
  • Impacts of programs and interventions
  • Key pathways and areas for investment to optimise wellbeing cost-effectively

Services Mapping

Maximise impact by working together efficiently

Interplay mapping can be used to understand the roles and impacts of different services by putting the person at the centre of services mapping.

Understanding the roles and integration of different services working on overlapping goals is essential to minimise duplication and maximise their impact efficiently.

Interplay maps are a way of developing collaborative partnership and integrated services models, for efficient and effective service delivery.

Impact Assessment

Know that you are making a difference

How do you know if your investment is making a difference?

We help communities, governments and not-for-profit investors work together to design, scientifically map and evaluate wellbeing impacts based on shared measures of success.

Evaluation tools and methods are often applied without cultural or scientific validation to measure impact, limiting the quality of data and its ability to inform evidence based practice.

A collaborative and robust evidence base is needed to execute programs that make a difference with accountability and efficiency.

Our approach is both strength-based and evidence-based, and has been culturally and scientifically validated.

Interplay maps can be used to show:

  • Impact pathways
  • Baseline data
  • Change over time
  • Comparisons

Interplay is for any group needing to design and evaluate impact based on a holistic approach and community values.

This includes community organisations, government departments, impact investors and industry groups.

Applications include wellbeing monitoring, evaluation, social impact assessment, social return of investment and impact investing.

It can be applied in any sector that aims to measure wellbeing impacts, including:

  • Education
  • Cultural and Empowerment Programs
  • Employment
  • Health
  • Social and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Ranger Programs
  • Justice
  • Healing
  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Trauma
  • Service Delivery
  • Substance Use
  • Disabilities
  • Financial Resilience
  • Child Health
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Aged care

Our goal is to build collaboration and knowledge, to create programs that work.

Pathways to Change

Invest where it counts to create change

Find out where to invest to create change with Interplay mapping.

Investment can be translated into genuine wellbeing impacts by mapping the pathways that need to be strengthened to actually improve people's lives.

Specific questions can be addressed by changing the goal or outcome measure.

For example,

  • "What influences education outcomes?"
  • "How does the financial resilience program impact wellbeing?"

Interplay maps the statistical pathways to impact.

Sustainable Impact

Build knowledge and practice to create long-term change

Some of the greatest challenges for creating change through impact investment are:

  • building and responding to a knowledge base of what works, and
  • creating unifying approaches to suit diverse groups.

When different evaluation methodologies and indicators are used in different places, the information can be limited to only informing practice in that place.

By using consistent evaluation methods and indicators in different places, the message can be strengthened of strategies that work in many places. This is particularly important for generating a collective voice for community, through community-based indicators.

We are working to build a knowledge base to inform sustainable change through applying a consistent and scientifically robust methodology that has flexible components to accommodate local diversities.

Interplay maps are a way of building knowledge and practice for sustainable change.