Evaluation of Core and Cluster capacity building

Homelessness NSW


Domestic violence is one of the main drivers of homelessness among women and children.
Core and Cluster is an innovative refuge model that allows for women and children escaping domestic violence to achieve independent living and privacy whilst also providing access to support services.

Between 2022 and 2023, the three peak bodies of Homelessness NSW (HNSW), Aboriginal Community Housing Industry Association NSW (ACHIA) and Domestic Violence NSW (DVNSW) collaboratively delivered activities to support the sector in the Core and Cluster procurement process. Core and Cluster is a program that funds the provision of refuges for women and children escaping violence.

NSF Consulting was commissioned to evaluate the support services provided for service organisations intending to apply for Core and Cluster funding to help establish a women’s refuge.


This evaluation is designed using the Success Case Method (SCM) approach. This approach identifies the most and least successful cases in the delivery of a program or initiative, and examining them in detail. It is particularly useful for an evaluation of a modest scale and short timeline.

We will use the SCM method to answer questions about what aspects of the support provided by the Peak bodies provided the best and least value and how the delivery mechanisms could be improved. It involves a mixed methods approach of participant surveys, in-depth interviews and document reviews.

This project has just commenced and will be completed by July 2024.

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