Research projects

Localities Embracing and Accepting Diversity (LEAD Project) evaluation

Principal researchers

Dr Natascha Klocker


Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)



Award type

Beyond Blue grant

Project completion year


Project brief

This project pioneered a new approach to reducing race-based discrimination and supporting diversity in Australia. Multiple strategies were implemented to engage individuals, organisations, workplaces and the broader community in two Victorian municipalities – Greater Shepparton and the City of Whittlesea.

The evaluation confirmed previous findings that there is a relationship between race-based discrimination and poorer mental health. The process evaluation identified several strengths of a place-based approach, and the impact evaluation found evidence of increased pro-diversity attitudes in the councils and workplaces involved in the program. 

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