Tag Archives: Ann Larson

Reconciliation Week and findings from an Aboriginal health evaluation

Six years ago I worked with colleagues to evaluate a health program operating in five Western Australian communities where Aboriginal people were chronically under-served. The state government funded mainstream organisations to employ Aboriginal community workers, conduct healthy lifestyle activities and …

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Verifying latrines in Vietnam and Cambodia

The benefits of every household having convenient, safe access to a hygienic latrine are enormous. Communities and neighbourhoods would be cleaner, safer and healthier. The incidence of diseases caused by exposure to faecal matter would be reduced, potentially saving many …

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Evaluation amidst complexity: 8 questions evaluators should ask

Many of Social Dimensions’ assignments concern evaluating a project that wasn’t working as expected.  Often, the reason is for the lackluster or surprising performance is that the implementers were trying to change behaviour within a complex adaptive system. For the …

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Night Outreach

Geraldton Aboriginal Streetwork Corporation is an Aboriginal corporation that has been supporting young people since 1985. Geraldton’s small central business district runs right up to the foreshore of the Indian Ocean. The white sand, clean air and mild climate makes …

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To count or not to count: Australian population data

Photo: Australian Bureau of Statistics I am a card-carrying demographer—a member of the Australian, Asian, American and international population associations and a PhD in the subject from the Australian National University. I use population data and demographic concepts in my …

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My pick of readings on scaling up health interventions amid complexity

My last post discussed how I came to the conclusion that it wasn’t enough to describe which strategies were effective in scaling up maternal and child health intervention s throughout a national health system in a low or middle income …

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Scaling up maternal and child health interventions in low and middle income countries

The USAID funded Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) increased access to health promoting and life-saving interventions in over 50 countries between 2008 and 2014. A program of this size offers a unique opportunity for learning lessons about what …

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Why aren’t there more immigrants in rural Australia

Should the question be why do so many people born outside of Australia live in Australian cities or why don’t more live in regional centres and small towns? The attraction of cities is clear.  Job opportunities, friends and family who …

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