” We are developing an evaluation strategy for Australian Government policies and programs affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Better evidence about what works and why is needed to improve policies and programs.
The strategy will cover both Indigenous‑specific and mainstream policies and programs.”
Romlie Mokak, Commissioner, Productivity Commission
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Great ideas, engagement and interest in #IndigenousEvaluationStrategy workshop at #LowitjaConf2019 facilitated by Commissioner @RMokak and team members. Strong indicator of need for more attention on policy and program development and evaluation.
Evaluation can help policy-makers and communities determine:
- whether government policies and programs are achieving their objectives
- what influences whether government policies and programs are effective
- how government policies and programs can be improved
We will engage widely across metropolitan, regional and remote locations.
We want to hear from individuals, communities and organisations.
- How can Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge, priorities and values be better integrated into policy and program evaluation?
- What principles should guide Australian Government agencies’ evaluation efforts?
- What should be the priority policy areas for future Australian Government evaluation efforts?
- How can evaluation results be better used in policy and program design and implementation?
We are particularly keen to get input and advice from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations.
An issues paper will be released in June 2019.
Indigenous Evaluation Strategy
Letter of Direction
Evaluation of policies and programs impacting on Indigenous Australians
I, Josh Frydenberg, Treasurer, pursuant to Parts 2 and 4 of the Productivity Commission Act 1998 hereby request the Productivity Commission to develop a whole-of-government evaluation strategy for policies and programs affecting Indigenous Australians. The Commission will also review the performance of agencies against the strategy over time, focusing on potential improvements and on lessons that may have broader application for all governments.
A number of high profile reports have highlighted the need for more evaluation of policies and programs that have an impact on Indigenous Australians. For example, the Commission’s Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage Report 2016found that only a relatively small number of programs have been rigorously evaluated.
Improving outcomes for Indigenous Australians depends on agencies with responsibility for policies and programs affecting Indigenous Australians undertaking meaningful evaluations. The Commission is to develop a strategy to guide that evaluation effort.
The Commission should develop an evaluation strategy for policies and programs affecting Indigenous Australians, to be utilised by all Australian Government agencies. As part of the strategy, the Commission should:
- establish a principles based framework for the evaluation of policies and programs affecting Indigenous Australians
- identify priorities for evaluation
- set out its approach for reviewing agencies’ conduct of evaluations against the strategy.
In developing the strategy, the Commission should consider:
- how to engage Indigenous communities and incorporate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives
- ethical approaches to evaluations
- evaluation experience in Australia and overseas
- relevant current or recent reviews commissioned or undertaken by Australian, state, territory or local government agencies
- the availability and use of existing data, and the further development of other required data and information
- areas in which there may be value in the Productivity Commission undertaking evaluation
- how to translate evidence into practice and to embed evaluation in policy and program delivery.
The Commission should consult widely on the strategy, in particular with Indigenous people, communities and organisations (such as the Empowered Community regions), and with all levels of government. It should also consult with non-Indigenous organisations, and individuals responsible for administering and delivering relevant policies and programs.
The Commission should adopt a variety of consultation methods including seeking public submissions.
The Commission should provide the evaluation strategy and forward work program to Government within 15 months of commencement.
The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP
[10 April 2019]