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Wednesday, September 19 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
New words, old approaches: Weaving together foundational principles for contributing to transformation through evaluation

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Robyn Bailey (Allen + Clarke), Emma Walke (University of Sydney), Roxanne Bainbridge (Central Queensland University)

Do new terms such as 'co-design' signal substantively new or different approaches to evaluation? Or are they repackaging old concepts, concepts fundamentally important for ensuring the self-determination of Indigenous peoples? Do 'co' approaches - co-design, co-operative inquiry, co-production, co-creation, inherently address issues such as power and control over decision-making and resources, or can they further entrench current inequities?

We contend that it is not evaluation approaches in and of themselves that can contribute to better outcomes for Indigenous peoples. Rather, the application of principles and practices which consciously address issues of inequity in power, diversity of voices, values and knowledge, and benefits arising from such evaluation projects. 

We have started to build a principles-based framework for guiding our practice, both during the co-design and evaluation of a substantive program aimed at improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This framework attempts to weave together principles emphasised by Aboriginal and Western forms of inquiry - differing ways of knowing, doing and being.  

We invite you to a yarning circle to talk about foundational principles and practices which respect 'all learn, all teach' processes and practices. We would like to explore whether there are evaluation approaches that are inherently more culturally safe and transformative, whether it is the way in which we apply our craft that is key to realising better outcomes for Indigenous and ultimately all peoples, or whether it is something else. The knowledge generated in the session will be shared back with participants, using both visual and written mediums.

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Keryn Clark

DMEL & Research Consultant

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Robyn Bailey

Senior Associate, Evaluation + Research, Allen + Clarke
Hello! I am a Pakeha (European) New Zealander, currently working in both Australia and New Zealand. Evaluation, and contributing to better outcomes for people and communities through evaluation, is my passion. Along with colleagues, I work with both government agencies and NGO providers... Read More →
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Roxanne Bainbridge

Director Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research, Central Queensland University
I am a Gungarri/Kunja Aboriginal researcher from South Western Queensland in Australia and Professorial Research Fellow at Central Queensland University where I am Director for the Centre for Indigenous Health Equity Research. My current priority evaluation is embedded in a partnership... Read More →
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Emma Walke

Academic Lead Aboriginal Health - Co-Lead Community Engagement, University Centre for Rural Health
I'm a Bundjalung woman, my family from Cabbage Tree Island/Ballina area Northern NSW. I have a role that works with Medical and Allied health Students when away from their home base universities to understand and work better with Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander peoples. I... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2018 1:30pm - 2:30pm AEST
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