Our research and evaluation work centers on developing an evidence base that can assist in improving the wellbeing and life outcomes of children, young people and other vulnerable communities. Through our research expertise, partnerships and evaluation projects, we are focused on developing a robust platform of applied research that informs best-practice models for breaking cycles of homelessness, trauma and disadvantage.

Extending on the Therapeutic Family Model of Care™ established at the Lighthouse Foundation, the Institute is focused on developing outcomes-based approaches to promoting child and adolescent health; building our knowledge about therapeutic responses to trauma; and enhancing the capacity of institutions, services and communities to effectively address barriers to wellbeing and social inclusion.


Our Evaluation Program

Lighthouse Institute is an outcomes-based organisation. We are committed to developing evidence informed models of practice and care, drawing on service users’ experiences and therapeutic outcomes as a framework for ensuring that programs are effective, and provide long-term, desired results.

We carry out a range of ongoing internal and externally-funded evaluations, drawing on our expertise in both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis.

Examples of evaluation work we are currently developing include:

  • Therapeutic outcomes and longitudinal evaluations of the Lighthouse model of care
  • Leaving care pathways
  • Community wellness outcomes and the role of community mentors in trauma recovery.

For an example of an existing evaluation of the Lighthouse model of care, see the full report of Lighthouse Foundation’s Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis, recently carried out by Social Ventures Australia.


Knowledge and Exchange Debate

Through our administration of the Therapeutic Family Model of Care™, and the outcomes of innovative programs that are being run in the wider community, the Institute is also well placed to contribute to debate that will influence policy and practice. We foster dialogue through research events including a quarterly research seminar series, practice workshops, and our inaugural International Conference of Attachment and Trauma Informed Practice™.