The evaluation reports will assist the Aboriginal health and wellbeing service sector to refine and strengthen service delivery practice.
In the 2013 budget, the Victorian government allocated $61.7 million over four years to implement Koolin Balit: Strategic Directions for Aboriginal health (‘the Koolin Balit investment’).
The Evaluation Plan for the Koolin Balit Investment published in March 2015 was intended to strengthen:
accountability to government, the Victorian Aboriginal community and the wider public
effectiveness of existing programs and future funding decisions.
The evaluation plan took a different approach from previous evaluations. A program of focussed evaluation activities was pursued with a significant role for the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services in planning and design rather than appointing a single evaluator.
A significant commitment to building evaluation capacity of the sector was included in the evaluation plan.
Four external evaluations were completed in December 2016. They focused on specific topics chosen for their investment size, opportunities for replication and any emerging information needs:
Evaluation of Aboriginal Health Case Management and Care Coordination Models in Victoria
Health and wellbeing outcomes of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander gathering place model in Victoria: A place for inclusion, connection and empowerment
Improving cultural responsiveness of Victorian hospitals
Evaluation of Traineeships for Aboriginal workforce development in Victoria