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Thursday, September 20 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Developmental evaluation, biostatisics, primary health care researcher and Indigenous voices: Culture clash or symbiotic relationship?

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Deborah Askew (The University of Queensland), Samantha Togni (S2 Consulting), Philip Schluter (University of Canterbury), Sonya Egert (Inala Indigenous Health Service)

We implemented a transformative model of primary health care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples with complex chronic disease. This research project used developmental evaluation to develop, adapt and understand why and how our intervention had the impact it did.  Therefore, this project brought together different paradigms, different priorities and different languages. Our challenge was to unite these different perspectives to improve health outcomes for Indigenous people.

Quantitative research is characterised as being value-free, structured, logical and reductionist, with the researcher being distant and independent to the research. In contrast, developmental evaluation requires flexibility, innovation, tolerance for ambiguity, and the evaluator is inseparable to the process of refinement and adaptation of the intervention. Improvements in the health of Australia's Indigenous people requires honouring the Aboriginal definition of health. Bringing these worldviews together required identification of shared values and beliefs.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous researcher and evaluator panellists will critically reflect on the challenges, opportunities and successes we experienced implementing, refining, adapting and evaluating our model of care and bringing together these different knowledge systems. The panellists will reflect on how their personal ideologies and values created a space where the importance of each different worldview was recognised and given its rightful place in the project; how tensions at the interface were recognised and celebrated as opportunities to learn; and how developmental evaluation facilitated the successful conduct of the research project and improved Indigenous peoples' health. To promote audience participations, we will facilitate paired discussions and feedback where participants can share their own stories of successes, failures, and learnings in similar situations.

The history of research and evaluation has too often privileged outcomes that are frequently of little benefit to Indigenous people and communities. Developmental evaluation offers an approach to facilitate symbiotic relationships rather than tragic culture clashes.

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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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Deborah Askew

Associate Professor in General Practice Research, The University of Queensland
I am a primary health care researcher, focusing on research and evaluation in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing. My work is focused on addressing the social determinants of health to improve health outcomes.
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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 →

Thursday September 20, 2018 12:00pm - 1:00pm AEST
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