Authors: Ilan Katz, Shona Bates, Jan Idle, Wendy Jopson and Michael Barnes
Evaluator company/business: UNSW Social Policy Research Centre
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Summary: This report focuses on the implementation and short-term outcomes of three Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment (OCHRE) programs in their first stage of implementation: Local decision-making; Opportunity hub and Aboriginal language and culture nests. This evaluation involved detailed case studies of: Gumbaynggirr Language and Culture Nest; North West Wiradjuri Language and Culture Nest; Campbelltown Opportunity Hub; Tamworth Opportunity Hub; Illawarra-Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation (IWAAC) and Murdi Paaki Regional Assembly (MPRA). Findings are based on discussions with Aboriginal community members in each site and other stakeholders; data analysis, and document analysis. Overall, the three OCHRE programs are working as intended in the sites evaluated and participants and stakeholders identified changes and recommendations on how the program might be improved to meet long-term goals.