Framework for local learning

Framework for local learning
05 June 2015

The Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government at UTS has published a new report called the 'Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit'.

The resource links the idea of learning partnerships between councils, their communities and learning organisations, and is closely aligned to the UNESCO 'Key Features of Learning Cities' framework.

"Due to its proximity and responsiveness to communities, local government is well placed to take up the UNESCO aims locally," said Centre Director, Associate Professor Roberta Ryan. "This report will help develop innovative strategies for citizens to learn new skills and to shift local cities and centres into 'learning cities'. This can only have positive social and economic impact for local areas."

The project was an Research Partnership between the Australian Learning Communities Network (ACLN), Melton City Council (VIC), Gwydir Shire Council (NSW) and ACELG, and includes an in-depth case study from Melton City Council about its learning community approach. This complements case studies from Hume and Gwydir councils developed for the 2013 ACELG research project Learning as a Driver for Change.

Max Eastcott, General Manager of Gwydir Shire Council in regional NSW, and lead agent for the project also commented:  

"The case studies across the two ACELG projects  demonstrate the importance and value of Council involvement in new partnerships and Council involvement with the social infrastructure of rural and remote communities and metropolitan communities. People want to build social capital and create their own positive options for the future. I am pleased with what we've achieved at our council and with the ACELG partnership."

Volume 1 of the new report includes a literature review with a key focus on evaluation frameworks and case studies form the project. Volume 2 provides templates designed to help local government practitioners create, adopt, and evaluate a Community Learning Plan for their local government area, plus further Australian examples of Community Learning Plans.

Aspects of the report will be presented to the UNESCO International Conference on Learning Cities in Mexico later in the year. 


Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit - Volume 1 (Literature review, case studies and background information)

Learning Community Framework and Measuring Impact Toolkit - Volume 2 (Toolkit)

Image courtesy Melton City Council

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