Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) launched Collaboration Areas in 2017 to address complex city-making issues through better agency co-ordination and collaboration. Over a 2 year period, multiple organisations that influence city planning and infrastructure worked on Place Strategies, which sets out a 20-year vision and place-based priorities for each Collaboration Area. In 2019, ConnellGriffin was appointed to report on progress made since Place Strategies were released and to help the GSC evaluate the emerging local governance structures.
GSC wanted to help local governance groups to transition from strategic visioning to implementation and ConnellGriffin was appointed to provide governance advice, program evaluation and annual reporting.
The 2018/2019 Place Strategies recognised that empowered local governance groups would be key to implement shared priorities and joint actions, but that local governance structures did not yet exist to pursue all of the actions identified for Collaboration Areas.
By 2019, several core local governance groups were emerging but their reporting framework and capacity to report on progress was limited. To explore how some of the groups might transition from strategic planning to implementation, GSC sought support from ConnellGriffin for program evaluation and reporting.
ConnellGriffin was appointed to help the GSC evaluate emerging local governance structures and provide a reporting template and capacity for local governance groups or councils to highlight progress and barriers to outcomes.
The services provided by ConnellGriffin included:
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