Services

Urban Affect provides a range of research and advisory services in the urban sustainability and social policy sphere.

We specialise in evidence-based policy analysis and development, stakeholder engagement and qualitative research approaches. We have particular expertise in the following areas:

Social planning and social policy

Social planning is critical to the development of enduring, socially sustainable places which meet the needs of those who live, work and play in them. We offer a range of social planning services including:

  • Social planning strategies associated with urban development projects
  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA) – advice and preparation of SIA reports
  • Development Application processes – advice and fulfilment of regulatory SIA requirements
  • Social infrastructure audits
  • Social infrastructure/community facilities plans
  • Sustainable urbanism (SU) frameworks
  • Community Impact Statements (CIS) associated with liquor licensing – advice and preparation of regulatory reports
  • Stakeholder analysis and engagement including community consultation and liaison with government authorities
  • Social and economic benefit analyses
  • Socioeconomic/demographic analyses

We also provide social policy and research services; we support evidence-based policymaking, specialising in the following:

  • Social sustainability strategies/frameworks
  • Homelessness service provision and regulatory frameworks
  • Affordable housing provision models
  • Housing estate regeneration models
  • Density and tenure mix strategies

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your project’s social planning or social policy requirements.

Social research

Urban Affect has undertaken social research projects for a range of government and non-government clients, including the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Wesley Mission. Specialising in subjects such as affordable housing and homelessness, recent research projects include the following:

  • Social impact measurement community capacity-building: Not-for-profit community-based organisations are increasingly required to demonstrate social impact as a prerequisite for funding. This research aims to enable capacity-building among organisations required to choose and apply the range of measurement tools available to demonstrate social impact. The research has resulted in the development of a “toolkit” to assist such organisations in demystifying the processes of involved in social impact planning and assessment and to implement their own measurement processes. (Client: University of Technology, Sydney – Cosmopolitan Civil Societies Research Centre/City of Sydney Council)
  • Collaborative learning and development framework for the New South Wales homelessness services sector. The research is integral to the State-wide Capacity Building Project, which aims to build the capacity, knowledge and skills of specialist homelessness services (SHS) and mainstream agencies, intended to improve the effectiveness of service delivery. Research involved a scoping study and stakeholder engagement with mainstream agencies and sectoral peaks on a draft collaborative learning and framework developed for the sector. (Client: NSW Department of Family & Community Services)
  • Impact of mentoring on youth in transition: research into impacts of mentoring on youth aged 14 to 19 years in transition from school to higher education, training and employment, including effective support for “at-risk” youth. Research involved a literature review, focus groups and online engagement component. (Client: Wesley Mission)

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your project’s social research requirements.

Social sustainability advisory

The social sustainability of our urban environments is their capacity to support a thriving, dynamic community of people on an enduring basis.  Sustainable urbanism (SU) is one established model for applying recognised social sustainability principles to urban and social planning processes.

Urban Affect offers specialist advice and guidance to help you embed social sustainability principles into your development planning processes. Our offer includes the following services designed to help you plan your scheme and/or meet the latest regulatory requirements:

  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA)
  • Social sustainability due diligence assessment
  • Socio-economic/demographic analysis
  • Social infrastructure audits
  • Stakeholder engagement, including community consultation
  • Community capacity building for social impact assessment

We also provide specialist social sustainability advisory services, including:

  • Social sustainability advice and guidance at all stages of the Development Application process
  • Tailored SU assessments of development schemes and associated reporting and documentation
  • Liaison with regulatory authorities and representation with regard to social sustainability and social planning requirements

In addition, Urban Affect provides policy-related research services in areas such as:

  • Social sustainability policy and regulatory frameworks
  • Social sustainability models, including SU assessment frameworks
  • Application of SU principles in development planning
  • Social sustainability and development implications of demographic trends such as urbanisation, population growth and ageing

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your project’s social sustainability requirements.

Urban planning and urban policy

Urban planning is the foundation of our urban environment. We offer a range of urban planning services including:

  • Pre-Development Application (DA) advice
  • Development Application processes – advice and fulfilment of regulatory requirements
  • Statements of Environmental Effects and Environmental Impact Assessment – advice and preparation
  • Social Impact Assessment (SIA) – advice and preparation of SIA reports
  • Community Impact Statements (CIS) associated with liquor licensing applications – advice and preparation of regulatory reports
  • Stakeholder identification and engagement including community consultation and liaison with state and local government planning authorities and diverse stakeholders.

We also provide research services in relation to urban policy and management, including:

  • Strategic land release and disposals
  • Affordable housing provision models
  • Housing estate regeneration models
  • Density and tenure mix

Please contact us if you would like to discuss your project’s urban planning or urban policy requirements.

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