Mowanjum Workshop Attendees, Mowanjum Community via Derby WA

Aboriginal women's research Assistant and evaluation training project - (AWRAE)

There is a clear need for:

Employment Opportunities

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.
Quality Evaluations

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.
Indigenous Soverignty

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

Support model


Our mission

Short-term success:
  • 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.
long-term success:
  • 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

FOR more information on the AWRAE project Contact:

cherie sibosado

kate branson