Co-accountability in Indigenous program evaluation and service delivery

In this article for Croakey Sarah Hudson a Research Fellow and Manager of the Indigenous Research Program at the Centre for Independent Studies argues that adopting a co-accountability approach to Indigenous program evaluation and service delivery would help to ensure organisations receiving government funding are held accountable for how they have spent the money and whether programs achieve their desired outcomes, and government agencies are held accountable for monitoring whether organisations are meeting their objectives and working with them to improve their practices if they are not.

The article also proposes that if the government is serious about closing the gaps in Indigenous outcomes then it must start making policy decisions based on actual evidence not ideology.   The Research report ‘Mapping the Indigenous Program and Funding Maze’ found that of 1082 programs only 8% (88) were formally evaluated and the recent report  ‘Evaluating Indigenous programs: a toolkit for change’ found of those that were evaluated only 6% were done using rigorous methodology. Evaluations were ranked using a scale based on the best practice standards in the industry and the Victorian Government’s Guide to Evaluation, which classifies different evaluation and data methodology by levels of sophistication.

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(Source: Croakey)