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Strategy
Description

The Indigenous Evaluation Strategy provides a whole-of-government framework for Australian Government agencies to use when selecting, planning, conducting and using evaluations of policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

The strategy puts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at its centre. It recognises the need to draw on the perspectives, priorities and knowledges of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people if outcomes are to be improved.

Key points:

  • After decades of developing policies and programs designed to improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we still know little about their impacts, or how outcomes can be improved.
  • Evaluation can answer questions about policy effectiveness, but both the quality and usefulness of evaluations of policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are lacking.
  • There is also no whole-of-government approach to evaluation priority setting. And while policy makers agree that evidence is critical for good policies, in practice there is little reliance on evaluation evidence when designing or modifying policies.
  • The strategy puts Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at its centre. To achieve better outcomes, what Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people value, their knowledges, and lived experiences needs to be reflected in what is evaluated, how evaluation is undertaken, and the objectives of policies and programs. A strategy embodying these principles will help achieve the outcomes in the new National Agreement on Closing the Gap.
  • A central clearinghouse for evidence on the effectiveness of policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people would strengthen accountability for undertaking good evaluations and improve diffusion of knowledge.
Editor's note

A strategy guide, background paper and progression pathway document associated with this strategy are also available for download.

Related Information

Indigenous Evaluation Strategy: draft https://apo.org.au/node/305941

A guide to evaluation under the Indigenous Evaluation Strategy https://apo.org.au/node/315629

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