The Project





Mapping the Potential provides insights into the underlying needs of the communities our members serve.


Research approach

Our research investigates four drivers of disadvantage; economic, education, health and social and weighs each driver for relative influence. This approach allows for the assessment of each location’s level of disadvantage in each driver and for comparison to the average.

Mapping the Potential is driven by CSSA members. The methodology was co-designed by the Australian National University’ Centre for Social Methods and 21 Catholic Social Services Australia member project partners.


Report preparation

The majority of the Report has been prepared by CSSA’s Research team. Chapters 4 & 5 are a separate analysis conducted by the Australian National University Centre for Social Research Methods’ Associate Professor Ben Phillips and Dr Cukkoo Joseph. The Report has been independently reviewed by the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling (NATSEM).