Evaluation Journal of Australasia Publication Award awarded to Northern Land Council
The paper Checking up to keep on track: An Aboriginal-led approach to monitoring well-being addresses an important issue—the need to develop monitoring systems that privilege Aboriginal led visions of community development in northern Australia. Authors: Linda Kelly, Mary Whiteside, Hayley Barich and Komla Tsey
The authors were careful to ensure that their findings were framed using an appropriate theoretical framework for wellbeing. The findings provide valuable lessons for others working with Aboriginal communities where externally imagined assumptions about what is good for communities end up being imposed on them, rather than being developed from the ground up. The paper is well written, topical and provides a valuable point of reference for evaluators to draw from.