Viv Cunningham Smith introduced the Results Based Accountability model to Barnardos Australia, the largest child protection non government agency in NSW, back in 2006. Hence the re shaping of our agency’s strategic thinking towards outcomes planning began. Viv led the outcomes focused strategic planning of Barnardos Australia for several years; facilitating both agency wide and localised planning workshops to progressively strengthen our agency’s outcomes planning. Her work included extensive front line and executive staff training and mentoring. Today outcomes focused planning is embedded in Barnardos Australia strategic planning culture. Viv continues to mentor Barnardos executive staff in this field. Viv is also a skilled strategic planning facilitator and trainer.
Another useful string to Viv’s bow is tender writing. During her years as part of the executive team at Barnardos Australia Viv wrote many successful tenders which have resulted in the development of long standing, broad based early intervention child welfare programs throughout the South Coast region of NSW.
I’ve had to pleasure of working with Viv for over a decade. She’s one of the country’s finest and most experienced community sector CEOs. She’s passionate about community development and a great champion for children and young people and their families.