How the report can be used
The rich and detailed research of Dropping off the Edge 2021 has been used by Federal, State and Local Governments to inform decision making, tailor program delivery and inform interventions.
It is also regularly used by individuals and communities to deepen understanding of local challenges and advocate for change. Previous iterations of this research have been used extensively by government at all levels; academics; community services organisations and communities themselves.
The Commonwealth Government has recognised it as an important resource to inform policy and service provision. The type of disadvantage measured by Dropping off the Edge is multi-dimensional, including elements of crime; mental health; and environmental degradation. The results from this report can highlight the locations that will benefit from policies aimed at improving mental health, reducing environmental degradation, and more.
State governments have used the report and index extensively to identify where and what type of services are required; and how policies on revenue collection, education and health might affect different locations.
For local government, which is very much focused on service provision, the index and report are an essential source of information about their local communities, in particular which ones are struggling. This knowledge can help direct resources and activities to assist with building community connections and resilience.
Over the years, community service organisations have used the index and report to identify locations of need requiring service provision and advocacy and the 2021 report will continue to serve as a valuable resource for them.
Dropping off the Edge can be used to support communities themselves to articulate local challenges, activate their community leaders and lobby government, business leaders and decision makers for the resources they need to flourish.