Our research topics and questions match appropriate levels and units of analysis. A level of analysis is a theoretical explanation on a continuum from the micro level (e.g., individual processes) to the macro level (i.e., structural aspects of society). The unit of analysis refers to the type of unit that is being measured. The unit might be the individual, the family, the community, the social category (e.g., race], the social institution (e.g., education) and the society (e.g., nation).
We are pleased to have been invited by the South-east Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce to share some of our knowledge of research. It’s great to be able to support Indigenous businesses to better understand some of the complex issues and practices around research, and especially scientifically-validated evidence-base research and practice. Our research can help people and organisations to understand the importance of getting accurate and reliable answers to questions. If you’re interested in attending our next introductory workshop, contact the South-east Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce to find out where we’ll be. Come along, and learn more about data and reporting for informing policy, planning and practice, and securing the dollars to keep services and programs funded! Enjoy!
The Australian Government will introduce new reforms to increase the development and growth of Indigenous businesses and employment to come into effect on 1 July 2015. Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, is keen to increase the Government’s procurement targets from its current less than 1 per cent to 3 per cent by 2020 . Minister Scullion and Minister for Finance, Mathias Cormann, recognise that “there are many Indigenous-owned companies capable of supplying services to the Commonwealth and winning a much greater share of Commonwealth work.” ResearchCrowd is a top tier Australian Indigenous research enterprise. Contact us to find out how we can assist you with our research and research-related services. If you want to learn more about the Minsters’ commitment, click learn more.
Our quality evaluation services help people and organisations to see if they’re getting the results they expect, and to know if a particular program, project or activity is actually working. Our evaluation objective and purpose determines which of the many different types of evaluations are best suited to the evaluation task. These can be classified as formative or summative. Formative evaluation (e.g., needs assessment and evaluability assessment) helps to improve and form what is being evaluated in its delivery, while summative evaluation (e.g., outcomes evaluations and meta-analysis) examines the effects of what is being evaluated following its delivery. Our evaluators often use formative and summative types of evaluation to complement each other. We can help people and organisations make informed and strategic decisions about what to invest in through our quality evaluation services.
Research involves groupings of people in a collaborative exercise. The soundness of trust among its stakeholders is essential to a successful and ethical outcome. Trust has to function at all levels of the research enterprise – between participant and researcher, between research partners and sponsors, between researchers, institutions and the scientific community and lastly, and perhaps most importantly, with the wider community. Because, where trust persists, research can be sustained. “How people see the world is generally informed by their own experiences, values, norms and learning. Problems [emerge] if we do not recognise that values operate in the everyday world from undeclared evaluations and judgements about other people, their behaviours and practices… to misrecognise … can inflict harm, can be a form of oppression, imprisoning someone [or a group] in a false, distorted and reduced model of being.”[i] ResearchCrowd prides itself on the way in which is conducts its research, evaluation and consulting. We work well with individuals, communities and organisations from all walks of life, and are dedicated to contributing our expertise to building the evidence-based theoretical, methodological and conceptual frameworks for change for the betterment of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Learn more about how Aboriginal and …