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OCHRE Local Decision Making Accords: Illawarra Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation report (PDF, 383kB)

Authors: Ciara Smyth and Ilan Katz

Evaluator company/business: UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

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Summary: NSW Aboriginal Affairs commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW to evaluate the Illawarra Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation (IWAAC) Accord negotiation as part of OCHRE – Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment. OCHRE is the community-focussed plan for Aboriginal people in NSW. The evaluation aimed to assess whether the Accords negotiations were implemented as intended and what can be done to improve outcomes for similar negotiations in the future. This evaluation included qualitative interviews and focus groups with 26 key stakeholders and qualitative document analysis. While some key stakeholders reported the Accords negotiations were implemented as intended, others felt a range of issues and challenges negatively impacted implementation. A range of suggestions were made to improve outcomes from the Accords negotiations.

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OCHRE Local Decision Making Accords - Three Rivers Regional Assembly report (PDF, 451kB)

Authors: Ilan Katz, Jan Idle and Wendy Jopson

Evaluator company/business: UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

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Summary: NSW Aboriginal Affairs commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW Sydney, to evaluate the Three Rivers Regional Assembly (TRRA) Accord negotiation operating as part of OCHRE – Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility, Empowerment. OCHRE is the community-focussed plan for Aboriginal people in NSW. The key aim of the TRRA local decision-making evaluation was to assess whether the Accords negotiations were implemented as intended and what could be done to improve outcomes from similar negotiations in the future.The methodology included qualitative interviews and focus groups with stakeholders and qualitative document analysis. The evaluation found that the positive experiences of the pre-Accord workshops and Accord negotiations have been overshadowed by the failure to progress the Accord after three years of planning and negotiations, and has left many stakeholders disheartened by this failure.

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OCHRE evaluation synthesis report (PDF, 1.6MB)

Authors: Ilan Katz, Shona Bates, Jan Idle, Wendy Jopson and Michael Barnes

Evaluator company/business: UNSW Social Policy Research Centre

URL or PDF: Download the OCHRE evaluation synthesis report (PDF, 1.6MB)

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. 

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Closing the gap case studies

case studies graphic aboriginal

These case studies illustrate how five NSW primary schools have achieved high learning growth for their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. This work supports the 'Closing the Gap' strategy, a Council of Australian Governments commitment.

Aldavilla Public School (PDF, 700kB)

Ashmont Public School (PDF, 880kB)

Batemans Bay Public School (PDF, 850kB)

Doonside Public School (PDF, 1.5MB)

Westport Public School (PDF, 850kB)

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Connecting to Country Final Rpt 2013

Authors: Wendy Hodge, Sue Leahy, Marita Merlene, Kerry Hart, Ioana Ramia, Ofir Thaler, William Hodges, Tracey Whetnall, Patrick Shepherdson, Julie-Anne Lacko

Evaluator company/business: ARTD Consulting

Year: 2013
URL or PDF: Download the Independent Evaluation of Connecting to Country - final report (PDF, 1.11MB)
Summary: The evaluation analyses the effectiveness of Connecting to Country as a professional learning program for teachers and principals. The evaluation covers the delivery of the program from its inception in 2011 to the end of December 2012, where 344 teachers and 95 principals or delegates from 109 NSW schools participated in 27 cultural immersion workshops, 12 teacher and 9 principal professional learning workshops held across the State. The evaluators used a combination of site visits, observation and pre- and post- surveys of participants to measure changes in participants’ understanding of local Aboriginal cultures, histories and perspective and the impacts on willingness and capacity to integrate local Aboriginal content into lessons and school leadership practices.

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The Connected Communities interim evaluation report (PDF, 2MB) presents qualitative and quantitative findings regarding the implementation and achievement of key deliverables at the midpoint of the five year Connected Communities Strategy. The evaluation aims to answer how well the model has been formed and implemented across schools, as well as outcomes and impact of distinct components of the strategy.

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