Draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

Roses in the Ocean supports newly released Draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy

The Australian Productivity Commission has released a draft Indigenous Evaluation Strategy. The draft strategy is a whole of government framework that clearly sets out guiding principles that Roses in the Ocean fully supports. Our values relating to deep listening, connections, authenticity and collaboration all align within the context of this new draft strategy.

As we continue to contribute to the growing evidence base for all aspects of lived experience of suicide and learn as an organisation from our evaluations, we are intentional and passionate about ensuring our evaluations are inclusive and culturally appropriate for the groups of people we are engaging in our work. This includes us proactively engaging with and where possible co-partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to design and conduct our evaluations. Through our Lived Experience Advisory Group and Lived Experience Collective we engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure our internal process evaluations are culturally appropriate and relevant. As we progress our work in this area, we will seek further opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to inform our evaluation work.

Tracy Wise, a member of our Lived Experience Advisory Group and proud Barkindji/Ngiyampaa Woman from the Wimmera Mallee region in Victoria shared her views on the draft strategy and ways Roses in the Ocean can implement its principles.  Key areas of focus are to ensure our evaluations are useable, credible, well planned and conducted ethically and with transparency. Martina McGrath our Research and Evaluation Officer acknowledges the release of the draft evaluation strategy is timely for us. While at the  early stages of developing our full research and evaluation program, as we do this work, we will make sure we proactively and meaningfully engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at every opportunity to learn from their perspectives and tap into their infinite wisdom. This will add so much richness and have a positive impact on informing our evaluation work.