Community data access and sharing is at the heart of a new Bourke narrative, written and owned by Bourke people.
Grassroots data collaboration is fuelling the systems-change vision for Bourke, facilitated via the Palimaa Data Platform, powered by Seer Data & Analytics.
Maranguka is a model of Indigenous self-governance guided by the Bourke Tribal Council. Maranguka partnered with Just Reinvest NSW in 2013 to develop a ‘proof of concept’ for justice reinvestment in Bourke. By addressing the underlying causes of crime, savings on criminal justice costs are reinvested in strategies that strengthen communities and prevent crime.
In 2021, the Maranguka Initiative is the largest data-driven, community-led project in Australia and has resulted in reduced crime, particularly among young people, increased safety, millions of dollars in justice savings, and new economic investment for Bourke.
Maranguka has become Australia’s lighthouse initiative for community and data-led place-based change and is the first major Justice Reinvestment Initiative in Australia. Work being done on the ground is unified by Bourke’s ‘Growing our Kids Up Safe, Smart and Strong Strategy.’ Central to this work is data access, sharing and storytelling guided by the principles of Indigenous Data Sovereignty and the leadership of Maranguka and the Bourke Tribal Council.
Seer Data & Analytics is working in partnership with evaluation and learning team Kowa to support the Maranguka initiative by automating data access and data sharing from 15 data contributors into the Maranguka data collection. Data contributors include NSW Health, NSW Education, NSW Communities & Justice, NSW Police, Department of Social Services as well as services and not-for-profits operating in Bourke.