Publication Typepre published journal articleAbstractThis paper we focus on our Ground Up Monitoring and Evaluation research in two community development projects where local Yolŋu researchers and Elders supported university-based researchers to reconsider their understanding of what ‘evidence’ is, and how it works in monitoring and evaluation. In these projects local Yolŋu researchers insisted that strong practices of monitoring and evaluation were always already being undertaken by Elders and Traditional Owners guiding and shaping the unfolding networks of kin in place. In re-presenting this work here, we suggest that, evidencing good community development didn’t involve ‘collecting evidence’ as practice of data gathering, or ‘making evidence’ as a through collaborative knowledge work. Instead, it involved ‘making evident’ to partner organisations the character of particular Indigenous sovereign knowledge and governance practices, and the flourishing that these practices enable. We suggest that such considerations are important in the context of recent Australian Government commitments to Indigenous Evaluation through its Indigenous Evaluation Strategy (2020) and, more broadly, in policy realms that impact Indigenous Australian life.
AuthorSpencer, MChristie, MYunupiŋu. EGäṉḏaŋu, NDate2023CollectionIndigenous Research Collection
Gäṉḏaŋu, N, Evidencing the Emergence of Healthy Indigenous Communities through Ground Up Monitoring and Evaluation (2023). Charles Darwin University, accessed 01/12/2023, https://digitalcollections.cdu.edu.au/nodes/view/7638