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Achieving cultural competency when evaluating Indigenous programs

It is often said that "Indigenous Australians are the most studied people in the country", and whilst there may be an element of truth in that statement, it is also reasonable to note that for the most part evaluations are undertaken by evaluators with varying degrees of cultural competency in relation to engagement with Indigenous communities. The need to increase the number of Indigenous people doing research at all levels of projects is important to ensure that cultural nuances and protocols are captured in the evaluation project.

This workshop will provide an overview of an evaluation framework that draws on Indigenous understandings and perspectives and western-constructed evaluation models. The aim of the workshop is to provide participants with insights into stakeholder engagement processes that will enhance their evaluation practice.

23rd July, 2015
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The workshop will explore:

• Indigenous stakeholder engagement
• cultural competency continuum
• building capacity of local researchers
• Indigenous worldviews and the overlay of evaluation practices.


At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
• apply principles of Indigenous stakeholder engagement to their practice
• measure their cultural competence in relation to undertaking evaluation in Indigenous communities
• develop strategies to enhance their evaluation practice in consideration of Indigenous world views.

Who should attend?

Beginner to experienced evaluators, policy advisors and managers looking for techniques to assist with the evaluation processes they use with Indigenous communities.