Given the historic context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experience, specific ethical considerations are required when conducting evaluation or research with the community. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities should be involved in every step of the evaluation design and reporting processes. Specific benefits for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women should be at the forefront of the evaluation purpose (Lowitja, 2011).
Research was and is central to the colonisation and political realities of Indigenous communities. Because evaluation is a form of research, and persons conducting evaluation are not immune to oppressive practices, it is essential that evaluators acknowledge and engage with this history. Use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander advisory groups can support decolonise the evaluation process (Johnston-Goodstar, 2012). This ensures that processes and outcomes are appropriate for Indigenous communities by centering Indigenous world views, actively including participation and ensuring relevance as defined by Aboriginal communities.
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