Evaluating for the past, present and future: a values-based evaluation of an Aboriginal-led project in rural and remote Australia

Palmer, Jane and Burton, Lorelle J (2019) Evaluating for the past, present and future: a values-based evaluation of an Aboriginal-led project in rural and remote Australia. Futures, 109. pp. 1-12. ISSN 0016-3287

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Abstract

We use ideas from futurist Sohail Inayatullah and others to unpack the layers of a values-driven evaluation, and the potential role for such an evaluation strategy to support Aboriginal people in Australia to gain acknowledgement of the past and to support a desired future. Inayatullah’s Causal Layered Analysis (CLA) is used as a way of understanding the deep context of evaluation and the way in which a project might meet community priorities emerging from a dark history and its legacy. We present a proposed evaluation strategy centred around the CLA domains of Narrative, Discourse, Systems and Litany. We then use a case study from remote Australia to illustrate the kinds of community priorities that emerge from this deep context, and suggest that in an environment of complex and evolving relations, rather than measuring the contribution of a particular project to economic opportunity or social change, evaluation may need to focus on the ways in which the project becomes integrated into stories of change and other activities, either as a catalyst, an affirmation of commitment, or as part of an array of connected activities enabling change.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version cannot be displayed due to copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions
Date Deposited: 21 May 2019 06:08
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2019 05:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: formative evaluation; values-based evaluation; causal layered analysis; truth-telling; Aboriginal culture; deep context
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.futures.2019.03.005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/36246

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