We seek to understand, and support evidence-based public policy and solutions. We evaluate. We collaborate.
A strength is our partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers. We see it as a great privilege to work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations, using a mixed methods approach to develop an appropriate research framework. We include Aboriginal methods of evaluation and Aboriginal ways of being, knowing and doing.
When we work in this space, we ensure it is an Aboriginal-led project team, with Aboriginal values shaping the work. We know that:
- Aboriginal people have a holistic understanding of health, and work beyond physical issues to include social, emotional, mental, spiritual and historical factors
- the health of Aboriginal people is influenced by many factors and needs action by individuals, services, policies and society
- there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, because Aboriginal people, communities and their experiences are diverse
- Aboriginal people have the right to shape how decisions are made
- traumas have occurred because of past policies, and some Aboriginal people do not trust governments and services
- when the strengths of Aboriginal culture and local communities are identified and drawn on, rather than negatives and gaps, health solutions become clearer.
In all cases, we work with the client to understand the broader aim of the research, the environment in which the research will take place and how the evidence developed will be translated into policy and practice.
Mark is a member of the Australian Evaluation Society.
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