Australasian Evaluation Society 2022 Publication Award

A journal article co-authored by Dr. Linda Kelly, the Co-Director of the Institute for Human Security and Social Change, has been awarded the Australasian Evaluation Society 2022 Publication Award. The article - Checking up to keep on track: An Aboriginal-led approach to monitoring well-being - reports on initial work undertaken by the Northern Land Council in northern Australia to develop a monitoring system that privileges and builds from Aboriginal Australians’ own vision for the development of their communities. The paper was written with Mary Whiteside, Hayley Barich and Komla Tsey.

In making the Award, the AES said that "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".