Delivering evidence-based interventions that empower communities

Collective Action is a social impact consultancy specialising in designing, implementing, and evaluating community-centred, evidence-based interventions that empower individuals and communities facing discrimination and structural disadvantage.

We work across the program cycle to increase the impact of community-centred programs, including through formative and social research, program design, monitoring and evaluation, policy and advocacy, and staff training and development. We specialise in the areas of gender equality and social inclusion, violence prevention, and mental health and wellbeing, particularly among LGBTIQA+ communities.

We do more than provide short-term technical advice. We share knowledge, skills, and resources to help build capacity for our clients over the long term. We build genuine and lasting partnerships with our clients, which is why we have ongoing relationships with more than half of our clients.

We work with a diverse range of international development actors in Australia and across the globe, including in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Cambodia, Zimbabwe, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory. We have experience reporting to a range of donors, including Australian national and state government departments including Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as USAID, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Union, and the United Nations.

“Alison worked in a highly considered, trauma-informed, humble, diligent, knowledgeable, respectful and flexible way with our diverse and complex communities to design the model. We love working with Alison and her team, and have absolutely no hesitation in recommending her services to other organisations and communities.”

Catherine Mellors | Special Projects Officer, Meridian

“Alison Barclay (Collective Action) has contributed to and shaped program design, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic communications for Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council). Alison has great interpersonal skills and has built productive and respectful relationships with teams, even in the trickiest of environments. Alison’s professional and refined approach and wide range of skills and experience make her work incredibly valuable. She would be an asset to any organisation looking for a professional, ethical, and accomplished consultant.”

Philippa Moss | CEO, Meridian (formerly AIDS Action Council)

“Alison and her team worked with OPTIONS, a multi-country USAID-funded consortium, to produce an oral PrEP-specific training package for adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) in Africa. Throughout the project, Alison and her team were extremely flexible and responsive, ensuring that the training package would be able to meet the multiple needs of a variety of countries, NGOs/CBOs, and operating environments. It was a pleasure to work with her and the team, and the package has been well received by adolescent girls and young women, CBOs/NGOs, local governments, and funders alike!”

Morgan Garcia | Senior Clinical Research Manager, FHI 360

“The approach that you both took to the day created a space for women and men to discuss what are sensitive issues in a way that was strengths-based, supportive and not overly threatening (or perhaps had just the right amount of threat). Also, your ability to adjust the afternoon session on the fly to respond to what had emerged the day prior was great.”

Dr Tim Grice | UQ International Development

“We engaged Collective Action to research and write a desk review on promising approaches for the prevention of violence against women and girls, with particular reference to Vanuatu and the wider Pacific. Alison and her team were a pleasure to work with and produced a well-written and comprehensive report which will be very useful for guiding our future work.”

CARE International in Vanuatu

“Alison is a dedicated person who delivers quality products on time and is willing to go the extra mile. She has expertise in developing gender-based violence prevention programs with solid monitoring and evaluation component integrated into it. We have found that she takes an empowering approach to working with our national staff.”

Charlotte Kakebeeke | PNG Programme Director, Oxfam in Papua New Guinea

WHat We do

Our team has experience in the fields of public health, gender equality and social inclusion, ending violence against women and girls and HIV prevention. We have advanced technical skills in research, program design, monitoring and evaluation, instructional design, workshop facilitation, and training.

Program design

Monitoring and evaluation

Toolkit and resource instructional design

Research

Social inclusion and gender equality research, advocacy and training

Key achievements

Leading the co-design of a mental health service for LGBTIQA+ people in the ACT. The co-design process received high praise from participants and the service was well received by the funding body – who have funded the service.

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Designing a trauma-informed primary prevention program in Papua New Guinea, which received the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Development Marketplace Award for innovation in the prevention and response to gender-based violence.

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Developing the first HIV-prevention training package to increase PrEP use among adolescent girls and young women in Africa. The package was field-tested in Zimbabwe, and the study found that there was a 30% increase in oral PrEP use among AGYW in the five months following the training.

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Developing the Contribution to Change (C2C) Framework – a social impact measurement framework that supports community-based organisations to measure and demonstrate the impact of their organisations. This is being used by three peer-based LGBTIQA+ organisations in Australia.

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Examples of our Work

Clients and Partners