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Wednesday, September 19 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The STrengthening Evaluation Practices and Strategies (STEPS) in Indigenous settings in Australia and New Zealand Project: Next "steps" in the journey.

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Amohia Boulton (Whakauae Research for Maori Health and Development), Gill Potaka Osborne (Whakauae Research for Maori Health and Development, NZ), Lynley Cvitanovic (Whakauae Research for Maori Health and Development, NZ), Sharon Clarke (Women's and Children's Health Network Government of South Australia, AU), Lisa Warner (YWCA Adelaide), Jenni Judd (Central Queensland University), Margaret Cargo (University of Canberra)

The STEPS project has coalesced as a discrete piece of work over several years. Its genesis lies in the desire of a group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous evaluators in NZ and Australia to improve evaluation undertaken in Indigenous settings. Mixed-method concept mapping methodology was used to brainstorm practices and strategies to support culturally safe evaluation; 106 strategies were consolidated and sorted into conceptually meaningful groups; each strategy was rated on relative importance and achievability. Approximately 400 participants were involved in this work. Concept maps for each country were developed using multi-dimensional scaling and hierarchical cluster analyses. The 12 cluster Australia map reflects three thematic regions: (1) An Evaluation Approach that Honours Community; (2) Core Heart of the Evaluation; (3) Cultural Integrity of the Evaluation. The 11 cluster New Zealand map reflects four regions: (1) Authentic Evaluation Practice; (2) Building Māori Evaluation Expertise; (3) Integrity in Māori Evaluation; (4) Putting Community First.   Both maps highlight the importance of cultural integrity in evaluation. Differences include the distinctiveness of the Respecting Language Protocols concept in the Australia map with language being embedded within the concept of Knowing Yourself as an Evaluator in a Māori Evaluation Context in the NZ map. The ratings on importance and achievability highlight that all concepts are important though differences exist between countries in perceived achievability. In both countries the concepts of Evaluator Qualities and Evaluator Integrity were rated as very important and as most achievable. We will present an overview of the concept maps and highlight importance and achievability ratings. Participants will be invited to discuss how resources can best be harnessed to 'grow' evaluation that works for Indigenous communities. 

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Liz Smith

Partner, Litmus
I am a co-founder of Litmus a specialist private sector evaluation company based in Wellington New Zealand and active across Australasia. My evaluation journey started more than 20 years ago as a nurse in the John Radcliffe Hospital Oxford when assessing the effects of a new nursing... Read More →

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Margaret Cargo

Associate Professor, University of Canberra
Originally from the northwest coast of Canada, Margaret migrated with her family to Australia in 2007. She is currently based at the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health, Health Research Institute, University of Canberra. Her expertise is in the implementation evaluation... Read More →

Sharon Clarke

Senior Project Officer, Aboriginal Well Women’s Screening Program, SA Government
On my mother's side my language group is Wergaia and on my father's side I am Gunditjmara from Victoria.Sharon Clarke is a Senior Project Officer and works in the area of Aboriginal Women's Health within South Australia. She has 45 years' experience working in the health domain, public... Read More →
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Lynley Cvitanovic

Researcher, Whakauae Research
Born and brought up in Whanganui (Aotearoa New Zealand), I am fifth generation Pākehā of Croatian and English descent. I joined Whakauae in 2008, as a researcher and evaluator, after spending 25 years in service delivery and middle management roles in the public health (health promotion... Read More →
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Jenni Judd

Professor of Health Promotion, Central Queensland University
Indigenous Health and Education, Health Promotion, Capacity Building, Emerging Infectious Diseases, Rural and remote Health, research capacity building, Evaluation
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Gill Potaka-Osborne

Researcher, Whakauae for Maori Health and Development
I am an Indigenous Māori New Zealander and grew up in Whanganui, Aotearoa New Zealand. My tribal affiliations are Te Ātihaunui-ā-Pāpārangi, Ngāti Tuera, Ngāti Pamoana, Ngāti Hauiti and Ngāti Pareraukawa. I joined Whakauae Research Services (Whakauae) in 2005 following stints... Read More →
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Lisa Warner

Coordinator Aboriginal Women's Leadership, YWCA Australia
Lisa Warner is a descendant of the Anangu Yankunytjatjara/Pitjantjatjara people. Lisa is employed at the YWCA Australia as a program coordinator of the Aboriginal women’s Leadership Program, working alongside Aboriginal women in communities providing inspiring leadership development... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
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