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Topic: Measuring Local Change – Strong Communities for Children program

Date & Time: Friday 25 November 12.00 - 1.00pm ACST

Presenters: Hyemi Jacka and Allison Stewart, Ninti One Limited and National Indigenous Australians Agency

Location: Online via Zoom

Register online by: noon 24 November 2022


Seminar overview

Established in 2013, Stronger Communities for Children (SCfC) is a program that supports children in ten remote Aboriginal communities in the Northern Territory to achieve the best start in life. Currently, up to 125 community activities are supported by the program, each decided by a committee of local people in each site. These activities range across diverse priorities including, for example, support to early childhood development, nutrition programs, junior bush rangers and community events. The SCfC Program closely aligns with Closing the Gap Priority Reform 1 - Formal Partnerships and Shared Decision Making, and Priority Reform 2 - Building the Community-Controlled Sector.
A challenge for the SCfC program has been the development of a meaningful, relevant monitoring and evaluation strategy. This strategy needs to collect information that is rigorous in measuring the impact of the work but also adaptable to the diversity of program activities. It must be suitable for application locally by non-specialists and also tell the story of the program and its participants, reflecting its evolution over time. The purpose of the proposed session is to showcase the way the program has worked in close partnership with local communities since 2017 to develop and apply a methodology called Measuring Local Change. This approach has enabled a local assessment of the activities against their intended results to provide data to decision-making groups, often called local community boards, about the impact of decisions they have made on the allocation of resources from the program.

Presenter details

Hyemi Jacka has over 15-year experience working with youth and children in roles as program manager, coordinator, and developer across diverse cultures in Australia, Asia, North America and sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last two years, she has worked on Stronger Communities for Children and Connected Beginnings programs at Ninti One, playing a key role in stakeholder engagement, advancing project capabilities and effective facilitation.
Allison Stewart is Policy Manager for the Stronger Communities for Children (SCfC) program within the National Indigenous Australians Agency. Allison is committed to social justice and collective action for sustained beneficial change and has a broad range of leadership experience in community development program management and applied research/evaluation with NGOs, government and Aboriginal corporations. She is proud to be associated with SCfC, a program which resources and supports communities to own and lead local decision-making through cultural leadership in a Local Community Board (the Board), building local capacity to monitor and evaluate community prioritised activities and services.

This is a free event organised & hosted by the Northern Territory Regional Network of the AES. Our seminar series provides an opportunity for you to meet with AES members and others in the evaluation community and to share and learn from the experiences of fellow evaluators.

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Session start times

    • NT 12.00pm
    • VIC, NSW, ACT, TAS: 1.30pm
    • QLD: 12.30pm
    • SA: 1.00pm
    • WA: 10.30am
    • New Zealand: 3.30pm

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