Code of Conduct for the BetterEvaluation team

Culturally safe evaluation practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Purpose of the Code of Conduct

To enable high standards of practice by the BetterEvaluation team when engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about sharing examples of evaluation practice.

Content of the Code of Conduct

This document provides a brief overview of BetterEvaluation and its ongoing project on ‘Evaluation practice in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander setting’.

It lays out ten principles and associated protocols for the BetterEvaluation team to ensure that community members understand what the project is about, what it means to share examples from their community on the BetterEvaluation website and how they can retain control over what is shared, now and in the future.

Intended users of the Code of Conduct

The BetterEvaluation team consisting of the BE core team and the members of the project working group (current and future) to champion standards of good practice.

Any government agency, non-governmental or other type of organisation which commits to principles-based work and wants to put this into practice. They can learn from this particular example and adapt it to their specific type of work and context.   

How to use the Code of Conduct

The BetterEvaluation team will adhere to the protocols set out in this document, and thereby, self-regulate its practice when engaging with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities about sharing examples of evaluation practice and when disseminating these examples on the BE website.

Others can use it as an example of how to put principles into practice.  

Acknowledgements

The Code of Conduct was written in 2019 by a collaborative Working Group including: Belinda Gibb & Sharon Babyack (Indigenous Community Volunteers), Donna Stephens (Menzies School of Health Research), Kate Kelleher (Kate Kelleher Consulting), Carol Vale & Debbie Hoger (Murawin Consulting), and Greet Peersman (BetterEvaluation).

We acknowledge the input and review provided by Elizabeth Mason, Solicitor at Terri Janke and Company and thank the members of the Advisory Group and the Steering Committee for their feedback and guidance.

We would like to acknowledge and thank Maria Stephens, an Arrabi/Binning woman who speaks the Iwaidja language. She generously provided her artwork for this page.

Next Steps

This version of the Code of Conduct will be reviewed and updated as needed, based on any issues arising from its use in practice.

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