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Ensure that all Aboriginal family violence interventions are evaluated in a culturally appropriate manner

Recommendation:
147
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Family Safety Victoria

The Victorian Government, on the basis of the advice of the Indigenous Family Violence Partnership Forum, give priority to major service models for evaluation using culturally appropriate outcome measures, methodologies and providers [within three years]. The Victorian Government should also ensure that all Aboriginal family violence interventions are evaluated in a culturally appropriate manner and that this is adequately resourced to ensure that Aboriginal service providers have the capacity to support such an evaluation.

    • The Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability Plan is being prepared for the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum to accompany Dhelk Dja: Safe Our Way – Strong Cultures, Strong Peoples, Strong Families, the Aboriginal 10-year family violence agreement for 2018-2028. The plan will:
      • guide effective monitoring and evaluation of the Dhelk Dja Agreement and its 3 year Action Plans
      • equip the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum to understand the logic underpinning the relationship between 3 year actions, intended outcomes and the overarching Dhelk Dja vision
      • provide a mechanism for government and other parties responsible for delivering 3 year actions to be accountable to the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum
      • enable the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum to monitor progress and make strategic decisions about investment and future action plans
    • Evaluation and capacity building for the Preventing the Cycle of Violence (PCV) Aboriginal Fund and Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) is being led by an Aboriginal-led evaluation team. The team is evaluating initiatives funded through the PCV Aboriginal Fund (11 funded projects) and CIF (up to 22 funded projects), and working with funded organisations to build their evaluation capacity. This represents the first time that CIF-funded projects will be evaluated. The project utilises culturally appropriate evaluation methodologies and ensures that Aboriginal organisations are supported to participate in the evaluation and build internal capacity.
    • This Monitoring Evaluation and Accountability plan, including the Dhelk Dja theory of change and data plan, was endorsed by the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum in 2020.
    • The evaluation and capacity building for the Preventing the Cycle of Violence (PCV) Aboriginal Fund and Community Initiatives Fund (CIF) will be finalised in August 2020.
    • A dedicated data position in the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) to support the Dhelk Dja Partnership Forum in accessing and interpreting family violence data has been established. Further work to improve the access to and validity of the data is underway.
  • Forecast implementation date: 30 June 2021

Reviewed 07 January 2021

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