The National Health and Medical Research Council understand that how people see the world is generally informed by their own experiences, values, norms and learning. This applies to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, and impacts the process of Indigenous research and research-related services, like evaluation and consulting.

10 more things you might like to know about our research

  1. Our research involves the systematic study of people, communities and materials to establish facts and reach new understandings.
  2. Our research purpose can be exploratory (when we explore a new topic), descriptive (when we describe a phenomenon) or explanatory (when we explain why something occurs).
  3. Our research use can be basic (when it is primarily used to advance knowledge) or applied (when it is primarily used to promote decision making).
  4. Our research can incorporate time in different ways, in that it can be a snapshot of a single point in time or multiple points over time.
  5. Our research style and data collection techniques can be classified as qualitative or quantitative. Quantitative techniques condense data to see the big picture, while qualitative methods enhance data to see key aspects in detail. Our researchers often use qualitative and quantitative methods to complement each other.
  6. Our research is informed by Indigenous knowledge and / or theory, a system of interconnected ideas that condense and organise what we know about the area.
  7. 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).
  8. Our research ethics guide our research with spirit and integrity in a way that is respectful, and responsible and right.
  9. Our research findings are disseminated to all concerned and presented in innovative ways that are informative and culturally appropriate, in formal and community formats, in a timely manner.
  10. Our research is client, community and culture-centric.

5 more things you might like to know about our evaluation

  1. Our evaluation involves the systematic acquisition and assessment of information to provide useful feedback to client-groups to inform decision-making and policy formation. What makes it useful is that it provides empirical evidence (based on, concerned with, or verifiable by observation or experience).
  2. Our evaluation draws on various models, including a scientific model (which prioritises accuracy, impartiality, objectivity, and validity of the information), a management model (which emphasises evaluation in relation to organisational activities), a qualitative model (which places special importance on observation and subjective human interpretation in the evaluation process), and a participant model (which focuses attention on the importance of the evaluation clients and users of the programme), or a combination.
  3. 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.
  4. Our evaluation questions match appropriate methods to address them. Formative evaluation questions might call for brainstorming, concept mapping yarning circles, lateral thinking, existing data analysis, interviews, and/or qualitative research. Whereas summative evaluation questions might call for evaluability assessment, evaluation design, and observational and correlational methods, and much more.
  5. Our evaluation is consistent with an Indigenous world-view.

5 more things you might like to know about our consulting

  1. Our consulting involves information and advice; workshops and training; speaking and presentations; strategies and initiatives; cultural assessments; and community connections and future directions.
  2. Our consulting draws on established western theories, literature, data and experience, and combines that with traditional ways of knowing, being, doing and seeing. We leverage this with local community capacity and culture to co-design our approach and response. This allows us to provide a culturally-credible consulting service.
  3. Our consulting services are tailored to the specific and discrete needs of the client. Our consulting team is made up of an highly-ethical interdisciplinary team of experts, who pride ourselves on professionalism, confidentiality and care; for client, community and contract.
  4. Our consulting services can comprise a one-off consultation at a single point in time or a longer consultation project carried out over a period of time, and can include working with the client to implement recommendations, and
  5. Our consulting services support clients to make decisions that are based on culturally-consolidated understanding, knowledge and practices for positive change for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities.

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