Mowanjum Workshop Attendees, Mowanjum Community via Derby WA
Aboriginal women's research Assistant and evaluation training project - (AWRAE)
There is a clear need for:
Women in remote Australia face limited on-country employment opportunities. (Australian Institute for Health and Welfare).
- Indigenous employment rates at 48%.
- Employment decreases with remoteness.
- The most commonly reported difficulty: no jobs available.
Non-profits and government organisations face difficulty in gathering accurate data, recruiting remote evaluators and assessing the value of their remote programmes.
- Only 88 of all 1082 Commonwealth-funded Indigenous programmes have been evaluated.
- Many programmes are poorly designed and implemented. There is substantial overlap and inefficiency.
In August 2019, 71 women attended community consultations. They are highly engaged and generated these guidelines:
- Open to all Aboriginal women 18yrs and over.
- Have a mix of jobseekers and other women (who are working or studying).
- Embedded mentoring and support.
- Culturally secure.
- Practical hands-on learning and alternative assessment methods.
- Cater to individual learning needs including low literacy and numeracy skills
- Block training during school hours (9am-2pm).
"It is impressive. It not only could serve as a tool to measure how services or research are impacting on marginalised groups, but it is a great example of Indigenous data sovereignty which is a very powerful movement to get First Nations people to take control of their own data; it's collection, analysis and interpretation.
When this happens effective change for good happens in communities and groups." Fiona Stanley
- By June 2021: All AWRAE evaluations satisfy customer needs and standards of quality.
- By June 2021: If the state and/or Commonwealth government begins to contract AWRAE services.
- By June 2021: If 24 or more women have been trained and 8 evaluations have been completed.
- By June 2022: 85% are engaged in EET 12 months post-project and at least six women go onto further evaluation-related career opportunities.
- By June 2025: If the social enterprise is self-sustaining, i.e, returns >$1 in profit.
- By June 2025: At least 21 trained women have joined the Australasian Evaluation Society (and/or are pursuing a career in evaluation). This would double the current AES Indigenous membership.
- By June 2029: The number of high-performing programs (as defined in conjunction with clients) in AWRAE communities increases (via improvement, consolidation or termination of poor programmes) by at least 30%.
Evaluations generally cost 10% of project budgets. AWRAE expects costs for one-off evaluations to range from $20,000 - $50,000 with opportunities for multi-year evaluations through negotiation.
If you have a research and/or evaluation project in the Broome, Derby and/or Carnarvon areas, let us know.
Dambimangari Aboriginal Corporation, Derby WA