SNAICC has produced a submission in response to the Productivity Commission’s draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy for Australian Government policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. While the Strategy is intended to primarily guide Australian Government agencies when they are selecting, planning, commissioning, conducting and using evaluation, in practice it applies to everyone involved in the evaluation of Australian Government policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- The Strategy should be supported by increased investment in targeted cultural competency training and capacity strengthening of key government agencies to build effective and trusted relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stakeholders, sectors and communities as a critical starting point. It cannot be assumed that success and improvements will occur organically, within existing resource constraints or by simply applying greater effort or focus on it as a mere objective.
- The submission recommends that the strategy include an additional action to invest in and support the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled agencies to monitor and evaluate their programs and contribute to broader government agency evaluation processes.
- The strategy needs to include additional action to support the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community or regional level structures and capacity to increase local transparency of, access to and use of evaluation and outcomes data to inform policy and program design locally. Given the cross-cutting nature of this action, it could be best led by the proposed Office of Indigenous evaluation.