Breaking Down Barriers

The Breaking Down Barriers project seeks to inform and shape policy and practice to break cycles of poverty and disadvantage in Australia.

In partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation, the project addresses the need for accessing better data that will allow an increased understanding of the extent, nature, and causes of socio-economic disadvantage. It also encourages solutions that will enable program development and policy innovation that can make a real difference to individuals and to broader communities.

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Data Visualisations

We have developed industry leading data visualisations to interact and engage with the data behind the Breaking Down Barriers report series.

These visualisations allow us to bring the BDB reports to life, by communicating the research narrative in a unique and hands-on way.

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Shared Data Environment

The Breaking Down Barriers shared data environment (BDB-SDE) will enable comprehensive research by allowing more people to access and link key datasets to better understand entrenched and persistent disadvantage in Australia.

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Foundation Fellows Training Program

The Breaking Down Barriers Foundation Fellow Training Program is designed to bring university graduates with an interest in data analysis and a passion for evidence-based policy to work side-by-side with our world class researchers on policy-relevant research.

The Foundation Fellow position is a two-year program with a focus on developing key skills and experience whilst adding value to Melbourne Institute research projects. The knowledge gained over this program will also be relevant for the Foundation Fellow’s future career aspirations in academia and/or industry.

The Paul Ramsay Foundation

The Paul Ramsay Foundation seeks to identify and partner with individuals, communities and organisations working to create an Australia where people can overcome disadvantage and realise their potential.

The late Paul Ramsay AO established the Foundation in 2006 and, after his death in 2014, left the majority of his estate to continue his philanthropy for generations to come.

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