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Evaluation Frameworks to Improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: Policy Brief
Research and evaluation are recognised as essential aspects in improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health policy and practice. Evaluation has the potential to benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities both through improved policy and programs. Evaluation can also provide opportunities to harness and develop community expertise.
However, there is concern from community, evaluators and government that the evaluation of programs addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and wellbeing do not always deliver these benefits. Questions have been raised about the utility, effectiveness and ethics of the research and evaluation undertaken in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, leading to reconsideration of the purpose of health program evaluation in this area.