We are regularly and deeply involved in evaluation and needs analysis. We believe that a strong evaluation is achieved through combining internal and external evaluation work. When designing program evaluations with key stakeholders, all opportunities to gain ‘double value’ from either internal or external evaluation activities are sought. Many required or good practice program management tasks gather information that can feed an evaluation. We assist staff in developing internal evaluation tools that support program management tasks while also providing them with evaluation information on an ongoing basis. For example:

Interim evaluation of the 2013-2018 Strategic Plan: CATSINaM (2014-2015)

Client: Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM)

Design, implement and report on an external evaluation at the interim point of CATSINaM’s five year Strategic Plan, which included developing internal evaluation monitoring tools for ongoing use and training staff in how to use them. The Final Report was presented to the CATSINaM Board.

“In collaboration with Aboriginal consultant colleagues, she has a record of successful planning, implementation, support and evaluation achievements with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health sector organisations, including CATSINaM.” Janine Mohamed, CEO, Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives

Evaluation of the Under Five’s Ear Health Program (2014-2015)

Client: SA Health

Design, undertake and report on an external evaluation of this screening and early intervention program, including the relationship between middle ear disease, ear health risk factors and social determinants of health for Aboriginal children living in urban settings. This work occurred in partnership with Eunice Aston of Ngulkye Consulting and Colin Forster of Mojo Business.

Evaluation of the AH&MRC Tobacco Resistance and Control or A-TRAC Program (2013)

Client: Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW (AH&MRC)

Develop, undertake and report on the external evaluation of this three-year health promotion and workforce development initiative for Aboriginal health staff across NSW in partnership with Eunice Aston of Ngulkye Consulting.

Needs analysis of Simulated Learning Environments in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care Training (2012 – 2013)

Client: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network (ATSIHRTONN).

Design, implement and report on this needs analysis regarding the requirements for Simulated Learning Environments in Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care training in collaboration with ATSIHRTONN, and in partnership with Jason Bromley of Incompro, Heather Gordon of Rhagodia Australia and Eunice Aston of Ngulkye Consulting.

Evaluation of the Ear and Hearing Accredited Training for the Aboriginal Health Worker Workforce Project (2011 – 2013)

Client: National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation

Our initial evaluation task was to design, implement and report on an external evaluation of the pilot of a nationally accredited ear and hearing health skill set for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers in 2011. When the skill set was rolled out nationally, we adapted and extended the methodology to evaluate the national roll-out over 2011-2013 in partnership with Eunice Aston of Ngulkye Consulting. Additional tasks included facilitation of: the Course Advisory Group; national symposiums, summits and meetings; and the Project Advisory Group.

Evaluation of the Secondary Mentoring Program (2009 – 2011)

Client: Department of Education and Children’s Services.

Design, implement and report on this two-year external evaluation of a statewide mentoring program for Year 10-12 students that supported school engagement and Year 12 completion, in partnership with Haydyn Bromley of Bookabee Australia, Nicole Keller and Colin Forster of Mojo Business.

An orientation, education and training needs analysis for the new and existing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce (2009)

Client: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Health Registered Training Organisation National Network (ATSIHRTONN).

Design, implement and report on this needs analysis in preparation for changes in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health workforce as part of the national health reforms in collaboration with ATSIHRTONN, and in partnership with Jason Bromley and Darrien Bromley of Incompro.

New Arrivals Program (NAP) Targeted Interventions Program Evaluation and Mentoring (2008 – 2010)

Client: Department of Education and Children’s Services.

Work with the ESL Programs Unit staff to develop program logics and evaluation plans, co-facilitate evaluation workshops with NAP Centre staff, develop shared evaluation tools, mentor staff in their evaluation work, and undertake an overall evaluation of the NAP Targeted Interventions Program with support from Nicole Keller and Colin Forster of Mojo Business. The program supported primary-aged children from refugee and trauma backgrounds in NAP Centres.

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