Evaluation Framework

This Evaluation Framework guides the conduct and development of a stronger approach to evaluation of programs and activities under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy. The goals of the Framework are to:

  • generate high quality evidence that is used to inform decision making,
  • strengthen Indigenous leadership in evaluation,
  • build capability by fostering a collaborative culture of evaluative thinking and continuous learning,
  • emphasise collaboration and ethical ways of doing high quality evaluation at the forefront of evaluation practice in order to inform decision making, and
  • promote dialogue and deliberation to further develop the maturity of evaluation over time.

Annual Evaluation Work Plan

The Annual Evaluation Work Plan for 2017-18 is a key component of the Indigenous Advancement Strategy Evaluation Framework. This is part of a multi-year plan. The Work Plan covers evaluations and reviews planned over the current year (including those already commenced). Some projects continue across multiple years, in order to examine significant questions about impact. The plan also covers future priorities for evaluation activities over four years (2017-18 to 2020-21).

Indigenous Evaluation Committee

The Indigenous Evaluation Committee (the Committee) is a key part of the Evaluation Framework. Through the provision of independent strategic and technical advice, the Committee supports the improvement of evaluation practices of the Indigenous Affairs Group in line with the Framework’s principles of relevance, credibility, robustness and appropriateness. One of the main responsibilities of the Committee is to endorse the Annual Evaluation Work Plan.

There are four members on the Committee, including the Deputy Secretary for the Indigenous Affairs Group. The extensive skills and expertise of members play an important role in strengthening the evaluation of Indigenous policies and programs, contributing towards a culture of evaluative thinking, and helping to drive better outcomes for Indigenous Australians.

More information on the Indigenous Evaluation Committee members is available.

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