Communities’ Informal Care and Welfare Practices

Impact: Social Impact

Impact summary

The research promoted mutual learning, understanding and international exchange of innovative and replicable communities’ informal care and welfare practices (CICWPS). The project engaged social researchers from ten Asia-Pacific countries to reflect on their CICWPS and organised an international workshop in Wagga Wagga, Australia to deliberate on the issue. The project also engaged 90 participants from three countries, Australia, Cambodia and India and had an impact on them and their organisations and communities.

Evidence suggests that the project had a significant impact on and engagement with the community. An important output of this research was a training manual on CICWPS. The manual was tested in Cambodia and India to confirm its usefulness.

The project raised awareness of the significance of CICWPS among workers from non government organisations (NGOs), government organisations and communities. These workers were engaged in translating the manual in Khmer and Hindi languages. The manual was published and disseminated to several NGOs and government organisations.

The research attracted media attention and project reports were published in english and local languages. The research generated peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and led to invitations to present at national and international seminars and conferences. The project received a Quality of Life Award from the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Impact date2001
Category of impactSocial Impact
Impact levelEngagement


  • informal care
  • welfare
  • community engagement
  • mutual learning
  • social research

Countries where impact occurred

  • Australia
  • Cambodia
  • India