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Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) Evaluation Work Plan

March 2022

NIAA has moved to a dynamic version of the IAS Evaluation Work Plan. Previous versions of the IAS Evaluation Work Plan (2017–18 through 2020–21) are still available.

In this dynamic version of the work plan, users can find past and current evaluations, and enabling activities, according to IAS Program areas in the tables below. New evaluations and enabling activities are added to the work plan as they come on line and updates to the status of evaluations are made as they progress through the different stages to completion. NIAA has moved to a dynamic version of the work plan to make it accessible to a broader audience, and to improve the timeliness of the information presented.

In prioritising evaluations and enabling activities to be undertaken, NIAA draws on the evaluation gap analysis conducted in 2020–21 and the evaluation prioritisation tool. The choice of activities is also guided by the Commonwealth Closing the Gap Implementation Plan, the NIAA Corporate Plan and, going forward, gaps in the evidence base identified through implementation of NIAA’s Policy and Investment Framework.

Consistent with the Policy and Investment Framework, NIAA’s evaluation and enabling activities are focussing on the early stages of the evaluation cycle – getting performance reporting and monitoring activities in place early to facilitate high quality, robust evaluations in the future.

NIAA is currently progressing 10 enabling activities and there are 17 evaluation activities planned, underway or publication pending. COVID 19 has delayed expected completion dates for some evaluations.

Program 1.1 - Jobs, Land and Economy
Evaluation/enabling activity Status Type Last updated
Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) - Business Solutions Program Underway Evaluation 5 October 2021
Indigenous Business Research Project –‘Making Indigenous Friendly Businesses’ Underway Enabling activity: Data improvement 5 October 2021
Indigenous Employment Programs (IEPs) Completed Evaluation 5 October 2021
Indigenous Procurement Policy Underway Monitoring and evaluation strategy 5 October 2021
Indigenous Protected Areas Program Underway Evaluation 21 March 2022
Long-term outcomes for Indigenous participants of employment programs Underway Enabling activity: Data improvement 5 October 2021
Native Title Representative Bodies and Service Providers Completed Review 21 March 2022
Northern Australia White Paper: Land Tenure Reform Pilots Publication pending Evaluation 4 February 2022
Northern Australia White Paper: Township Leasing and Land Administration Publication pending Evaluation 4 February 2022
Remote Jobs Pilot Planned Enabling activity: Lessons learned 5 October 2021
TAEG-School Based Traineeship (SBT) Completed Evaluation 5 October 2021
Time to Work Employment Service (TWES) Completed Evaluation 16 December 2021
White Paper on Developing Northern Australia: Prescribed Bodies Corporate Capacity Building funding program Planned Evaluation 5 October 2021
Program 1.2 - Children and Schooling
Evaluation/enabling activity Status Type Last updated
Away from Base Completed Evaluation 3 March 2022
Girls Academies Completed Evaluation 4 January 2022
IAS Secondary School Scholarships Planned Evaluation 5 October 2021
Indigenous Girls STEM Academy Underway Evaluation 5 October 2021
Program 1.3 - Safety and Wellbeing
Evaluation/enabling activity Status Type Last updated
Adult Through Care Planned Evaluation 5 October 2021
Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment Services (phase 2) Underway Evaluation 5 October 2021
Allied Health in Remote Schools Project Completed Monitoring and evaluation strategy 28 June 2022
Australian Bureau of Statistics’ National Health Survey Completed Enabling activity: Data improvement 5 October 2021
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Data Linkages project Underway Enabling activity: Data improvement 5 October 2021
Indigenous Justice Clearinghouse Underway Enabling activity: Research 5 October 2021
Indigenous Mental Health First Aid Training review Not continuing Review 21 March 2022
Indigenous Suicide and Data Mapping Project Underway Enabling activity: Research 5 October 2021
Indigenous Youth Connection to Culture Underway Evaluation 21 March 2022
Link-Up Services Program Underway Monitoring and evaluation strategy 5 October 2021
Strong Culture, Strong Place, Strong Families Underway Enabling activity: Research 5 October 2021
Testing Community Safety and Justice Outcomes using Randomised Controlled Trials Underway Evaluation 5 October 2021
The Dog Operations Unit Underway Evaluation 21 March 2022
Workforce Development Support Units Planned Review 21 March 2022
Youth Through Care Planned Evaluation 5 October 2021
Program 1.4 - Culture and Capability
Evaluation/enabling activity Status Type Last updated
Empowered Communities Delayed Evaluation 5 October 2021
Program 1.5 - Remote Australia Strategies
Evaluation/enabling activity Status Type Last updated
Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme (AACAP) lessons learned Planned Enabling activity: Lessons learned 20 October 2021
Northern Territory Remote Housing National Partnership Agreement Not continuing Evaluation strategy 5 October 2021
Program 1.6 - Research and Evaluation
Evaluation/enabling activity Status Type Last updated
AIATSIS Ethics Project Underway Enabling activity: Capability development 5 October 2021
Support for Emerging Indigenous Australian Evaluators to Attend Australian Evaluation Society Conferences in 2019 and 2022 Underway Enabling activity: Capability development 5 October 2021
Other
Evaluation/enabling activity Status Type Last updated
Strengthening Organisational Governance Policy Publication pending Evaluation 17 December 2021