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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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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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Measure what you treasure

India-based evaluator Katherine Hay gave a recent talk exhorting international development agencies to think about what is most important and make that the measure of success. She challenged her audience to consider if India’s phenomenal economic growth was really more …

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Realist evaluations: a tool for repairing programs

There are so many evaluation tools to pick from and none are right for every job. Everyone who runs a social service or a community program wants it to make a difference. We want recipients to be healthier, more successful …

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Connected youth: young people and the Internet

Young people are supposed to lead the way in use of the Internet.  But are high school students in the regional centre of Geraldton really switched on and connected?  As part of a project with the City of Greater Geraldton, …

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Evaluation of rural programs and services

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Informing Geraldton residents: how well is the City doing?

The phone survey of community members has ended.   We reached a representative sample of residents aged 15 and above.  A big thanks to the participants and the Royal Lifesaving call centre in Bridgetown for making this possible. The CGG staff …

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