Can Indigenous Research Methodology (IRM) add to program evaluation methodology frameworks?

Svanberg, Eric (2011). Can Indigenous Research Methodology (IRM) add to program evaluation methodology frameworks? Master's Thesis, School of Social Science, The University of Queensland.

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Author Svanberg, Eric
Thesis Title Can Indigenous Research Methodology (IRM) add to program evaluation methodology frameworks?
School, Centre or Institute School of Social Science
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2011-11
Thesis type Master's Thesis
Open Access Status Other
Supervisor Dr Patricia Short
Total pages 40
Language eng
Subjects 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology
Formatted abstract

Indigenous research methodology (IRM) is a framework that allows a researcher to undertake critical research and analysis from an Indigenous perspective. Program evaluation for remote area Aboriginal housing has an historical legacy of poor outcomes. Some authors have been critical of past program approaches as they fail to reflect Aboriginal social, cultural aspirations but despite much literature to support this proposition program success remains limited and program evaluation has not determined the reasons for this. This research finds that current program evaluation is constrained by an approach that focuses on managerialism and Western economic frameworks that limit the opportunities to gain useful knowledge to improve program success. This theoretical analysis of the barriers to IRM in evaluation finds that IRM can be utilised as an additive methodology rather than synthesised within current evaluation practice and should be supported with collaborative and participatory techniques with the program recipients at the point of program delivery.  However the approach will require time to develop appropriate evaluation relationships at the local level and political will to enact institutional change. IRM has the potential to enhance program evaluation but this report recommends further testing of the framework in the field.   

Keyword Indigenous peoples -- Research -- Methodology
Family policy -- Australia -- Evaluation
Housing policy -- Australia

 
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