The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS) have seeded, secured and cemented a strong collaborative partnership through development and dissemination of successful community-focused projects. With a shared vision, USC and QPS have developed educational resources aimed at reducing significant social issues by using innovative technologies such as film making, computer games and online community networking. The case study examines three partnership projects between USC, QPS and community groups to consider models for successful community projects. The paper uses lessons learned together with evidence of the impact of the projects to recommend principles for successful project-led community engagement. Challenges include differing visions for accessibility, content and design, management of expectations of ownership, competing needs between industry and State Government Departments on marketing and promotional activities, value and protection of Intellectual Property whilst providing a free exchange and sharing of information, and maintaining a collegial spirit in the project during intense deadline-driving activities. The paper demonstrates how small community-focused projects undertaken by small teams can strengthen collaborations through success, building to larger partnerships between government, industry, commerce and community.
2010 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) National Conference: Communities Participation and Partnerships, Launceston, Australia 5-7 July 2010
Proceedings of the 2010 Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA) National Conference / pp.30-48