4105.0 - Children and Youth News, Jan 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/01/2004   
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The Alliance is a national collaborative whose purpose is to facilitate the generation and translation of knowledge to enhance the wellbeing and life chances of children and young people. The NCYSU will be working closely with the Alliance to ensure that data, which will allow the community to measure the progress of children, will be widely available.

The Alliance has two primary objectives:

1. To promote collaborative research and agenda setting for children and young people in Australia.

2. To promote the application of research to policy and practice for children and young people.

The Alliance's current programs and initiatives centre around: developing an Alliance Research Agenda, in order to identify key policy, practice and research questions and reach agreement on future research priorities; developing a National Clearing House to make links between research and its practical application; implementing a Communication Strategy to ensure research on child and adolescent health and wellbeing is used to full effect; and creating a National Data Network, which will link and share data from a wide variety of sources.

For more information about the Alliance visit: www.aracy.org.au