Strong Families Strong Communities - What We Have Delivered – Data and Evidence
Pillar 4: Data and Evidence
Improving data collection, analysis and evaluation, and better reporting to plan and invest in the future.
Aboriginal Research and Knowledge Advisory Group
In 2020–21 the AHO has formed the Aboriginal Research and Knowledge Advisory Group which includes Aboriginal academics and community knowledge representatives from across NSW. In 2020–21 the group reviewed a selection of projects currently underway, including: a proposal to validate the NSW Human Services Outcomes Framework with Aboriginal communities; a tool for assessing how well AHO is implementing Aboriginal-led co-design processes; an evaluation of the SOW program; and the introduction of an Aboriginal research intern program.
- Professor Kathleen Clapham, Ngarruwan Ngadju, First Peoples Health and Wellbeing Research Centre, University of Wollongong
- Industry Professor Lindon Coombes, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research, University of Technology, Sydney
- Professor Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews, Director, Indigenous Research, Western Sydney University
- Dr Michael Doyle, Senior Research Fellow, Central Clinical School, University of Sydney
- Rebecca Simon, Community Development Worker, City of Wollongong
- Alistair Ferguson, Executive Director Maranguka, Bourke
- Alison Croall, Housing Manager Tharawal Aboriginal Corporation
- Kelly Stronell, Senior Project Manager, NSWALC Housing Ltd.
The AHO surveyed ACHPs in April 2021, and this survey provided valuable insights into providers’ perceptions of the AHO, particularly around cultural responsiveness and satisfaction with reporting and data-capture systems. The survey demonstrated that 94% of providers are satisfied with the AHO.
Solar Two Program Evaluation
The AHO also commissioned the Solar Two Program Evaluation which showed an effective program for reducing energy bill stress within Aboriginal social housing communities. This evaluation found that some tenants save approximately $800 per year. This high-quality evaluation was suitable for submission to the NSW Treasury Evidence Bank.
The AHO launched its data visualisation program and developed a range of visual dashboards including the SFSC snapshot, AHO dwellings dashboard and SOW program dashboards.
Beyond our direct work under the SFSC strategy, the AHO has a clear role in advocating for Aboriginal people and the Aboriginal housing sector. By using and sharing our platforms we centre and amplify the voices of Aboriginal people and connect wider government to community. From Housing 2041: NSW Housing Strategy to the recent Parliamentary Inquiry into options to improve access to existing and alternate accommodation to address the social housing shortage, the AHO has provided context, data and narrative to ensure the experience of Aboriginal people in NSW is reflected in Government decision making.