Shared Space

We Believe in Wellbeing for all People

We work in a Shared Space through:

Two way learning - Respect - Collaboration - Grass-roots - Passion - Fun - Impact
Jokes with the Banatjarl strong womens group

Our 'Shared Space' Way of Working Together

We bring community into the design through our 'shared space' way of working together.

Programs are designed and evaluated based on shared measures of success.

Interplay Shared Space diagram

Our approach is described in detail in this publication titled, Interplay wellbeing framework: a collaborative methodology 'bringing together stories and numbers' to quantify Aboriginal cultural values in remote Australia published in the International Journal for Equity in Health.

How does it work?

Each part of the process from design through implementation and evaluation is conducted in the conceptual 'shared space' between each of the key partner groups.

All key groups collaborate at every level and every stage. All decisions, actions and communications must make sense and be accessible to each group. Having end-users involved in the design and implementation creates the strongest foundations for impact.

This is a strength-based model of governance and capacity development, with strong foundations in science and policy impact.

Community Consultation

Bring the voice of the community into the equation.

The people who understand the workings of the community best are the community members themselves.

We work 'two-ways' to engage and empower the 'voice' of the community.

Working at grass-roots levels, we sit and walk with community to build shared knowledge, understanding and capacity. We do this through yarning circles, focus groups and other conversations.

Together we develop shared values and vision.


Design for impact through genuine 'shared space' collaboration

Through our 'shared space' approach, we collaborate to set values, goals and ways of working.

We work with your community groups and key partners to co-design tailored Interplay maps, methodologies and data collection tools to best meet your needs.

Your Interplay map will monitor progress in relation to a theory of change designed for your initiative.

Aboriginal Community Researchers from Yolngu and Martu coutries

Bringing Together Stories and Numbers

Community knowledge and values are largely held in stories, but impact assessment relies heavily on numbers.

We bring together stories and numbers to bring value to real world scenarios.

We translate stories into numbers to be able to measure the things that are important to communities. We then analyse this information to generate statistical insights. The numbers are then translated back to stories to bring them to life.

Participatory Action and Theory of Change

Participatory Action Research is an approach that allows the participants or key stakeholder groups to participate in, and act towards, a common goal.

Theory of Change is a system of understanding how each action will come together to contribute to a big picture goal. This can be defined in some form of logic map.

Both of these approaches allow for evaluation and reflection that can inform changes in direction or actions along the way to reach a goal.

Interplay mapping supports both Participatory Action and Theory of Change approaches to move from idea through measurement to impact.

The diagram below describes the Interplay approach to create change.

Interplay grow loop diagram