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Thursday, September 20 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Developmental evaluation in Indigenous contexts: transforming power relations at the interface of different knowledge systems

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Samantha Togni (RMIT University), Nan Wehipeihana (Kinnect Group), Kate McKegg (Kinnect Group), Sonya Egert (Inala Indigenous Health Service)

Innovation is required in Indigenous settings to strengthen communities and address challenging and complex social issues. Evaluation in these contexts is important to understand innovation effectiveness and takes place at the interface of different knowledge systems. Therefore, the challenge for evaluation in these contexts is to transform the power and privilege inherent in evaluation and to be centred on Indigenous voices, values and aspirations.

Developmental evaluation is designed to support innovation development in complex and dynamic contexts. Informed by complexity theory and systems thinking, developmental evaluation is relationship-based and pays attention to different perspectives, inter-relationships, context, boundaries and emergence. As the practice of developmental evaluation continues to evolve, recognition of its ability to respond to different cultures, diverse communities and Indigenous peoples' worldviews is increasing. Understanding how this is achieved is important. 

Indigenous and non-Indigenous evaluator panellists will critically reflect on our developmental evaluation practice experience in New Zealand and Australian Indigenous contexts in relation to transforming power relations and at the interface of different knowledge systems. The panellists will reflect on what genuine co-creation that recognises different worldviews looks like in practice, the dynamic role and orientation of the evaluator and how developmental evaluation grounded in culture can address power and privilege, facilitate collaboration in innovation and support Indigenous peoples' aspirations. We will also discuss the challenges and limitations of using developmental evaluation in culturally diverse contexts. To promote rich discussion, we will invite audience participation through questions and sharing of experiences of developmental evaluation in Indigenous or culturally diverse contexts.

The history of evaluation too often has been detrimental to, and marginalised, Indigenous people and communities. Our western frames of thinking and reasoning are simply not adequate for meeting the aspirations of Indigenous communities. Developmental evaluation offers an approach to include diverse knowledges in these pursuits

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James Smith

Father Frank Flynn Fellow and Professor of Harm Minimisation, Menzies School of Health Research
James is the Father Frank Flynn Fellow and Professor of Harm Minimisation at Menzies School of Health Research - with much of his work sitting at the health/education nexus. Previous to this role he was a 2017 Equity Fellow with the National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education... Read More →

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Kate McKegg

Director, The Knowledge Institute
Kate has worked in the fields of evaluation, evaluation capacity building, research, policy and public sector management since the late 1980s. She has developed specialist skills in developmental evaluation, programme evaluation, evaluation capacity building, strategy, policy, research... Read More →

Samantha Togni

Evaluation & Social Research Consultant, S2 Consulting
Samantha Togni is an evaluation and social research consultant based in Alice Springs. She has more than 20 years’ experience in Indigenous health and wellbeing research and evaluation, working with rural and remote Aboriginal organisations in northern and central Australia. Her... Read More →
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Nan Wehipeihana

Ms, Kinnect Group
Nan Wehipeihana has more than 20 years' experience designing, leading and managing evaluations. Nan's work is characterised by a commitment to protecting, evidencing and growing the space to be Maori in Aotearoa New Zealand and offering insights into Maori worldviews and values. Internationally... Read More →

Thursday September 20, 2018 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST
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