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Tool #8 Identifying levers

Who can do what and where?

Levers are actions where a relatively small but concerted intervention can have great impact.
  Action can be instigated by industry, government, or community.  But, what works best is a collaborative approach. 

What are levers?

A lever is a strategy for addressing a pressing need in a community.  They are called ‘levers’ because they are points in a system where a small intervention can have much greater impact.  Imagining levers can be relatively easy.  E.g., increase business by attracting tourists.  Coming up with practical levers that suit a community’s particular strengths is harder.  Identifying downfalls of particularly levers takes a bit more work. 

This tool provides some tips on things to watch out for.  What looks simple but may not be simple to implement effectively.  We draw on the wisdom of hindsight to see what has worked well (or not) in other places.  For example, meetings between police, pub owners, and resource company managers have been effective at reducing disorder in pubs. 

This tool addressees the question “What might happen if we do this….?”

How do I use this tool?

  1. Identify the area of need - Is it housing costs?  A drop in business volume?  A lack of young families?  Increased crime rates?  More litter?  The volume or speed of traffic on roads?
     
  2. Think about the timeframe – Is a near-term or long-term outcome needed?  Do you need more houses in six months or more young families in five years?  Ask people who specialise in those areas.

          For steps 3 - 9, you will need our help.  These steps involve comparison with other towns.  We have a growing database on such comparison towns.  We also have access to data on comparison regions within Australia and overseas.  Add to that working relationships with those who analyse these areas.   

Last updated 16 November 2015
Last reviewed 12 November 2015
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