Early Intervention Research Directorate

The Early Intervention Research Directorate provides professionals with the data, evidence,  frameworks and tools they need to best support South Australian families and children.

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Epidemiological Approach

An epidemiological approach (or public health approach) uses research evidence, systems-thinking, and data to determine the factors associated with different health and welfare outcomes.



Co-Design has been the commitment to bring together knowledge from diverse sources — data, research, practice and lived experience —to create and sustain a more evidence-informed and culturally responsive system.


Common Elements Approach

The Common Elements approach is a key strategy used to strengthen the Child and Family Support System workforce.


Community Engagement

The Lived Experience Network (LEN) provides people with lived experience with an ongoing mechanism to be involved in shaping the planning, monitoring and review of the Child and Family Support System.


External Academic Research

DHS partners with various academic institutes to undertake data capture and analysis, service model and tool development, evaluation, and modelling activities.


Trauma Responsive System Framework

The Trauma Responsive System Framework is a foundational document, designed to provide guidance for building our capacity to be trauma-responsive at all levels of our system.

Page last updated 14 September 2023