Mornington Island Restorative Justice Project Evaluation

Indigenous AffairsCommunity Safety
Monday, September 1, 2014
Publication author(s):
Australian Government Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
Publication abstract:

This document presents the key findings of an evaluation of the Mornington Island Restorative Justice (MIRJ) Project, locally known as mediation or peacemaking1. The MIRJ Project design and implementation drew on a community development approach which sought to strengthen local capacity to manage conflict in its own way, without having to resort to violence or external agencies like the police and courts.

There has been a vast amount of information collected for this study. Colmar Brunton appreciates that readers of this report may vary greatly in terms of intent and purpose of investigation. With this in mind chapters have been structured to assist the reader to locate relevant information easily. Colmar Brunton advises that report should be read in its entirety to fully understand the myriad of community member's perceptions combined with secondary data analysis, cost benefit analysis and document review.

Chapter 1 is a narrative summary of the evaluation. This chapter also outlines the context, history and landscape in which the MIRJ Project was conceived, implemented and evaluated. It draws conclusions and recommendations for continuation of the Project and for applicability to other communities. This is a high level summary and any repetition with subsequent chapters is intentional.

Chapter 2 details the background and program logic for the Mornington Island Restorative Justice (MIRJ) Project. This is provided if the reader is not familiar with the program and wants a deeper understanding of the contextual issues around the introduction of the Project as well as a comprehensive description of what the Project involves, the objectives and methodology of the evaluation.

Chapter 3 is an extended executive summary of the key findings of the evaluation including all aspects such as the qualitative and quantitative surveys, participatory research, secondary data analysis, cost benefit analysis and document review. This chapter summarises the detail in Chapter 4-8.

Chapter 4 provides the detailed findings of the evaluation including all the qualitative and quantitative surveys.

Chapter 5 provides the details of the participatory research and projective techniques used when consulting with the community.

Chapter 6 details sustainability and what is required for the transition to full community management of the Project.

Chapter 7 analyses secondary data including community level data, police and school attendance data and MIRJ Project specific data.

Chapter 8 analyses data supplied by DPC from Magistrates Services that relates to the total number of magisterial sittings on Mornington Island for the period 2004 – 2013.

Chapter 9 investigates MIRJ Project in terms of whether it incorporates good practice mediation principles in Indigenous remote communities and whether they appear to work in this situation.

Chapter 10 provides commentary on the behaviours that the program is trying to encourage and details the benefits, barriers, self-efficacy issues, significant others and rewards/reminders that need to be addressed to generate sustainable behaviour change.

Chapter 11 contains a dialogue that occurred as a result of the evaluation demonstrating the transformative nature of evaluations such as this.

Chapter 12 contains Appendices with additional supporting evidence, evaluation materials and data included in the evaluation.

Mornington Island Restorative Justice Project Evaluation - Full Report

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