Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations evaluation project
COORDINARE, South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network
Duration: January 2017 – June 2018
This project involves close collaboration with four Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) in South Eastern NSW regarding the development and implementation of a community-based participatory evaluation and research program, which will help to enhance the research and evaluation capacity of the participating organisations. AHSRI’s Indigenous health research team are the conduit between the community, COORDINARE and AHSRI, to work alongside the services to develop research and evaluation projects that are of need and benefit to the Aboriginal community. The outcome of the project is to develop a framework of ‘doing’ evaluation and research ‘with’ ACCHOs. We are working with the ACCHOs to acknowledge current capacity and enhance skills through a strengths-based model. This works well as the skill sets within Aboriginal communities are often overlooked, however provide a base for developing skills further. The project consists of a number of elements, including: scoping review of the literature; development of a community-based participatory research model; development of a capacity building program designed with ACCHOs from initial needs analysis; knowledge translation and impact assessment. Ethical approval from the NSW Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and University of Wollongong has been received.
What we did
The design, delivery and evaluation of a workshop series has been implemented to assist with ACCHO staff skill development in evaluation and research. These workshops have included topics on research and evaluation, ethics, yarning as a method of clinical practice, logic models, evaluation frameworks, different types of data and a writing workshop. These workshops have been delivered at the University of Wollongong Shoalhaven campus.
The scoping review, ‘Development of an Indigenous perspective in Western logic models’, has uncovered the limited available published academic and practice literature that provides evidence of logic models that incorporate cultural elements from an Indigenous lens or perspective. The project continues to work in a culturally focused manner to assist with the development of an Indigenous specific logic model that captures cultural capital and self-determination principles.
We are currently working towards developing a manual for ACCHOs that will include information contained in the workshops in addition to very practical tools such as logic model templates and evaluation frameworks that can be utilised within the services and possibly other ACCHOs.