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Recordkeeping Analytics for Real-time Rights-based Recordkeeping Governance

Primary supervisor

Joanne Evans

Children who experience Out-of-Home Care need quality recordkeeping systems to develop and nurture their sense of identity and connectedness to family and community; to account for their care experiences; and to prevent, detect, report, investigate, and take action against child neglect and abuse. Those involved in providing care services and supporting children experiencing family dislocation need access to efficient, effective, and responsive information systems – driven by quality recordkeeping – to ensure the highest standards and continuity of care. Recordkeeping governance thus has a crucial role to play in the governance of Out-of-Home Care systems to ensure the rights of children and young people, complex corporate parenting responsibilities and lifelong identity, memory and accountability needs are met. 

This PhD project will explore the role of recordkeeping analytics in the real-time governance of participatory recordkeeping in Out-of-Home Care systems. It will involve envisioning recordkeeping not as an administrative overhead, but as an information asset from which real time insight into the ability of child protection systems to meet corporate parenting responsibilities and enable the voice and agency of children and young people is gleaned. The aim is to investigate how recordkeeping metadata can be mined, meshed and augmented to enhance the quality, efficacy and efficiency of recordkeeping in child protection along with enabling multiple rights in records to be represented and enacted upon. 

This project is part of the ARC Discovery Project - Real-time Rights-based Recordkeeping Governance for Childhood Out-of-Home Care and  the Archives and the Rights of the Child Research Program. The successful candidate will join a transdisciplinary research team re-imagining recordkeeping and archiving for responsive and accountable child-centred out-of-home care.

Required knowledge

The ideal candidate will have a research background in one or more of data analytics, recordkeeping informatics and social work systems design, with a keen desire to expand their knowledge and skills into the other areas encompassed by this research project. They will have also be interested in the socio-technical aspects of digital information systems, participatory research and value sensitive design.

The successful candidate will have knowledge of and/or be able to learn quickly about:

  • Recordkeeping informatics
  • Social work and child protection systems
  • Participatory design and research methodologies
  • Qualitative research methods (e.g. observational studies, interviewing, ethnography)
  • Human-computer interaction (from a socio-technical viewpoint)
  • Digital systems design
  • Specific computing techniques such as data analytics and distributed or graph-oriented computing


To be considered for this PhD project and scholarship, applicants require qualifications equivalent to First Class Honours 1 (H1) in an appropriate area, with relevant research training experience and English-language proficiency skills, in addition to the minimum requirements for standard entry admission to the Monash Doctoral Program.  

Project funding

Project based scholarship

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