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Friday, September 21 • 10:00am - 10:30am
Q: Can realist evaluations be designed to be more suitable for use in Indigenous contexts? (A: It depends)

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Emma Williams (Northern Institute, CDU), Kevin Dolman (Northern Institute, CDU)

Realist evaluation has been growing in popularity over the past 20 years, and is now being used in Australian and Canadian Indigenous contexts. This presentation, developed by realist Indigenous and non-Indigenous colleagues, looks at how (and to what degree) realist evaluations can be designed to be culturally safe, and more suitable for use in different Indigenous contexts. We note that a single proposed solution is impossible, given the diversity of Australian Indigenous peoples, and describe issues that arise in different Indigenous contexts. One area of innovation is methods, identifying how techniques developed in a European context - such as realist interviewing - have been and can be further adapted to suit preferred ways of sharing information in different Indigenous contexts. More challenging is understanding how the ontology and epistemology of realist evaluation, and particularly its understanding of causation, align with the ontologies, epistemologies and understandings of causality of different Indigenous peoples. Steps towards a cross-cultural understanding of realist philosophy are presented, together with the challenges this presents. The impact of who 'owns' the evaluation, who leads and shapes it, will also be discussed with reference to realist evaluations. 

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Jenne Roberts

Evaluation Manager, Menzies School of Health Research
Jenne is an international health evaluator, working in Indigenous health in Australia and international public health, mostly in South East Asia. Jenne is interested in identifying the efforts and interventions that spark positive social and health impact, and engaging intended beneficiaries... Read More →

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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 →
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Emma Williams

Associate Professor, RREALI CDU Maburra
Emma is a Credentialed Evaluator and an Associate Professor at Charles Darwin University in Australia, where she researches, conducts and teaches evaluation, particularly realist evaluation. She has moved between government, academe and private consulting in evaluation over more than... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 10:00am - 10:30am AEST
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