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Wednesday, September 19 • 2:35pm - 2:40pm
Evaluative study to assist a transformation of the Indigenous affairs system

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Kevin Dolman (Kevin J Dolman Consulting)

The research aim for my PhD thesis is to identify the systemic problems that have been hindering the efficiency and effectiveness of the Indigenous affairs system. It involved a detailed case study of the Council of Australian Governments' Indigenous Whole-of-Government Trials Project, which was undertaken from 2002-2007. Under this project, the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments had agreed to experimentally plan and deliver services to eight trial regions around Australia, which have substantial Indigenous populations. The application of two public administration practices were required: 1) whole-of-government coordination; and 2) a partnership with the Indigenous communities. The theory was that better socioeconomic outcomes from public expenditure would prevail with this approach.

I investigated how well the trials succeeded in implementing this approach. I found there was very little success in applying the two practices across all eight trial sites and consequently, there were very little positive socioeconomic outcomes from the overall project. In seeking to understand the reasons for this disappointing result, I appraised the quality of the project's public administration by analysing the policy development, the implementation and evaluation stages against recognised best practice standards. The research revealed a pattern of relatively poor quality public administration across all three stages of the project.  

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Delyth Lloyd

Manager, Centre for Evaluation and Research, Dept. Health and Human Services Victoria
Capacity building, professionalisation, cultural competence, participation, facilitation, and technology.

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Kevin Dolman

Principal Analyst, Indigenous Evaluation Consultant
Dr Kevin J. Dolman is an Eastern Arrernte man who has worked for thirty years in the government, private and community sectors across a spectrum of Indigenous social, economic and cultural policy. He is a consultant in evaluation and policy fidelity with a special interest in how... Read More →

Wednesday September 19, 2018 2:35pm - 2:40pm AEST
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