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Penny Dakin is the CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).


We ignored the evidence and the nation is aflame. Let’s not do the same with our kids.


Penny Dakin, Wednesday, 15th January 2020 -  As Australians face unprecedented threats from bushfires, we are seeing the results of evidence ignored. A potential social and economic firestorm awaits many Australian children unless we take evidence off the shelf and turn it into action, writes Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) CEO Penny Dakin. 

The humanitarian argument has failed. We must now argue for our kids on the economics.


Penny Dakin, Wednesday, 4th September 2019 -  Arguing for a better deal for our kids, purely on humanitarian grounds is failing to cut through. It’s time to reframe the debate in terms of economics, writes Penny Dakin, CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY).

Philanthropic Support as a Path to Government Funding in Politicised Times – A Case Study


Penny Dakin, Tuesday, 19th February 2019 -  As politics polarises, there is a growing need for apolitical funding to trial new ideas and provide independent evidence for government investments in system-changing programs. The right@home sustained nurse home visiting trial demonstrates that philanthropic funding is perfectly placed to fill this role, writes ARACY CEO Penny Dakin.
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