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Friday, September 21 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Reconciliation Action Plans as drivers of social change: The engagement process in the evaluation of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games RAP

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Kate Frances (Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia), Ross Williams (Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia)

In a nationwide first for Australian events, a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) has been developed for the Gold Coast 2018 (GC2018) Commonwealth Games. An independent evaluation of the RAP has been identified as a priority initiative by the Queensland Government and between November 2017 and July 2018, researchers undertook the evaluation of this RAP. The primary data collection methodology involved face-to-face consultations with a range of stakeholders.

For many stakeholders, the GC2018 RAP represents an important framework for improvement in opportunities (particularly employment, training and contracting opportunities), relationships and respect between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the broader Australian community. Recognising that RAPs represent an emerging trend as drivers of social change, especially in the ways in which organisations are publicly committing to specific actions that produce or contribute towards tangible outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, the evaluators assessed how far their evaluation practices reflected the RAP paradigm. 

This paper will explore how the evaluators of the GC2018 Commonwealth Games RAP have managed to occupy the same space as RAPs as drivers of social change through embodying the concepts central to RAPs in their engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander colleagues and stakeholders. 

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Kitty te Riele

Professor, University of Tasmania
My research aims to enhance opportunities to access, participate and succeed in education, especially for young people from disadvantaged and under-represented communities. This includes evaluation research of initiatives that share that aim. I lead the research portfolio at the Peter... Read More →


Kate Frances

Principal Consultant, Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia
Kate joined CIRCA as a senior researcher with over 13 years’ experience in academia and the not-for-profit sector. Kate’s experience includes research and evaluation projects over a diverse portfolio including child health, health promotion, justice, and social services for a... Read More →
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Ross Williams

Research Consultant, Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia
My name is Ross Williams, traditional name Timmulbar (Lightning) and I am a very proud Bindal/Juru leader of Bowen to Townsville region and Torres Strait Islander from my mothers side. I have worked with traditional owner groups, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations... Read More →

Friday September 21, 2018 11:30am - 12:00pm AEST
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