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AES UFPA Evaluation

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Natalie Moxham

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These are positive results but:
it is difficult to know the extent of these lifestyle changes.
And the extent people need to change to have a lasting and significant impact on individual and Community Wellness.
The Unity of First People of Australia Evaluation
1 Maintain the
uniqueness and strengths
of the UFPA, make small and considered improvement

2 Maintain UFPA’s
community engagement
and building strengths.
3 Maintain and strengthen the
Community Cultural Carers Program
– ‘tend the seeds’,
4 Maintain and strengthen the critical and highly valued
Community Health Assessments
5. Maintain PACE and Nutrition programs and consider reinvigorating old programs and creating new programs.
6. Strengthen the
Advocacy Role

7. Continue to develop and enhance the UFPA “
Roadmap to Wellness” Model

8. Implement
organisational capacity
strengthening recommendations.
The Road map to Better Health - Wellness Programs
The UFPA have a number of programs that branch out into the communities.
Leading the horse to water - RESULTS
The UFPA effectively engage the Aboriginal community, through relationships, trust & good communication
Local community people are employed
Health and wellness knowledge that people need.
People know their health status “gives peace of mind”
They get ‘A big turn up’
The horse drinking - OUTCOMES
Raised significant
of health and lifestyle issues
People are
taking responsibility
for their health
A significant
aspiration to be fit and healthy
Elders are supported, valued and respected, traditional healthy ways are being reinvigorated.
Culture is being strengthened
have been formed enabling a whole of community response
community leadership
- Elders and young people.
But most significantly:
Communities are
wellness projects and are motivated
History Timeline
mapping the achievements and evolution of the UFPA
The Unity of the First People of Australia
A small not-for profit Aboriginal-run organisation,
Has 8 staff, a Nutritionist, 14 community Cultural Carers and 3 mentors in 6 remote communities in the Kimberley. UFPA programs regularly visit another 11.
Financially supported by: WA Health Department, Caritas Australia, DEEWR, Lotterywest & until recently St John of God Health Care & EON Foundation.
Programs to prevent, control, detect earlier, and better manage “lifestyle diseases” through their "Roadmap to wellness program"
Founded and directed by Mr Ernie Bridge, AM OAM CiTWA JP,
Letter from Dickey Cox in 2002 asking for help
In early 2012, Mr. Bridge, Caritas Australia and WA Health Department recommended an evaluation in order for the UFPA to reflect, acknowledge and learn.
The Evaluation
A participatory approach
was requested
The evaluator and the UFPA designed the Evaluation during a 4 day workshop.
We collected different types of data through story telling.
We identified 4
(stakeholders) of the evaluation:
The Community (Cultural Carers and Mentors of the program)
UFPA staff and Board
'Friends of' and stakeholders inc funders
the health and wellbeing sector.
used their unique world views to analyse the data at a 3 day evaluation workshop.

1. The
analysed the community data
2. The UFPA and '
' &
analysed the data at a program and institutional level.
3. The UFPA
looked at all of this and made recommendations.

A ground up analysis approach
We communicated the evaluation findings in a way that
to each of these audiences:
Case Studies
This presentation
We worked with a local Yaru person to illustrate the workshop - this was important to 'capture' the findings of the evaluation in a way that was useable for the community carers
What we found:
Is Presented in the following chapters:
History Timeline
The Programs
Outcomes (Results)
Outcomes for Community
The Uniqueness of the UFPA
Community Health Assessments
A service that assesses the health status of a community
Only undertaken on invitation from the community
Gives people knowledge and understanding
Leads to increased responsibility for health
A service that no one else if providing in remote areas - brings the service to community.
Other valued programs include:
Parental & Community Engagement (PACE)
Diabetes education and awareness
Community Cultural Carers
This program employs local people to work as Cultural Carers who facilitate community wellness activities.
This program is :
strongly valued by the communities - it invests in them
grass roots
takes a partnership approach by negotiating shared goals and activities
flexible - it can shift and move to where effort is needed and identified by Community
needs increased resources
“I remember back, I was involved in the Census, and they got 17 people to attend by offering them $50 each, this was a substantial improvement of their past effort of about 4 people attending. It was bad timing because the UFPA came in with the health assessment about a month later. They got about 180 people attending I think, and there was no payment.” (D20)
“I heard grand kids talking to their grandparents to get that check because the kids wanted them to be around to tell their stories” (Y35).
Shops are participating in the traffic light nutrition program and stocking healthier food options.
“The Shop introduced Coke Zero and Diet Coke. Store is now getting more healthy foods which is beneficial for the community” (W33).
“cook up is beneficial for babies as well the elders”.
“More people are going to the clinic more frequently”(W33).
Schools are hosting healthy breakfast and lunch programs and health education in the classroom.
• “After school kids want cool drinks – parents are saying no to cool drink and then giving them other choices to have” (W33).
The football teams are involved in health eating and cooking programs.
As a result of the work of the UFPA people are making changes to their lifestyle –
they are practicing a healthier lifestyle

Here are some examples
After the screenings they went bush, sugar levels dropped and got healthy.
As a result of the recent Community Health Assessment in the community what changes or reactions have you noticed?
The community was happy that it was happening. It gave the community peace of mind and because it was run by Indigenous people, that they know, they were willing to be apart of it, another organisation without this would not get the same response. And the extra pressure that this will put on the health department is good.
Of these which is the most important and why?
People knew and trusted them, which is a powerful way to make change in the community.
So what is it about the UFPA ... that leads to this success?
the roots of what they do
They work in partnership with and are led by the community.
An Aboriginal family based organisation with strong cultural foundations.
UFPA builds and empowers the community
"...working with people, next to people. Never do anything by yourself in a community, its like a tent - the UFPA does this."
They lift people up.
They invest in people, make a commitment and keep coming back.
They have a Wellness approach to Health
"despite these encouraging results it must be understood that the health status of the community is still of grave concern and is a ‘huge problem’ (L03).
“Ernie and I had a partnership and a relationship. Ernie and me, we were the two.
People were coming back with no hands, no foot, like leprosy. I’m (Dickie) the number one person to get the story right. We wanted land rights and the pastoral company. I supported him (Ernie) and he supported me. We got a million acres of land, freehold. I left it in your hands (to help us get the land).
You people are from the Kimberley. For 50 to 60 years you have been here. You helped us get the Noonkanbah brand. I never forget you mob, you’re always there....
When he (Ernie) went away he left that footprint. I want you to carry on what he started”. Dickie Cox, 2013
STORY Yiyili
STORY Dickie
Mr Bridge passed away Easter 2013
The UFPA were determined to continue with the Evaluation to honor his legacy.
Participatory Evaluation Methodology
Participatory qualitative data analysis – dot voting
Participatory Analysis: what is significant to keep of the program and what to enhance
Story telling analysis (MSC Technique). Stories were written and video.
Capturing of key findings with graphic illustrations
End of day capturing of key findings
A key reflection from the workshop:
The primary audience is empowered by the evaluation
My indicator of success
Design • Evaluation • Facilitation • Participation
natalie@leanganookyarn.com | +61 (0) 448 372 466


Natalie Moxham
Standard Evaluation
Who is interviewed
Who is listened to.
Standard in Participatory Evaluation
Who conducts the interviews, collects the data, methods used.
More in depth Participatory Evaluation
Who analyses the data and findings
Who develops the recommendations
Even deeper Participatory Evaluation
Who determines the purpose of the Evaluation?
Who designs the evaluation?
Who the evaluation is for?
Extending Participatory Evaluation
Communication of the evaluation in a participatory way.
Communication products designed to engage the determined audience.
Participatory Evaluation
Level: Internal
Ground findings & recommendations
Mid Level findings & recommendations
Organisation findings
Prioritisation of findings & recommendations
Level: Mid level
Level: Ground
Logic Level: High level outcomes
History time line
Case Studies
Thematic analysis
Logic level: Intermediate Outcomes
Stories (Mid level)
Thematic Analysis
Ground level findings and recommendations
WHO: Community
UFPA Staff
Practitioners, colleagues
Logic level:
WHO: UFPA Board & Management
Honoring the founders

History time line – bringing out strengths and adaptability to change over time

Participatory analysis techniques
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