The following independent Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal evaluation consultants and organisations have been recommended to CBPATSISP as experienced and culturally responsive in conducting program and services evaluations with Aboriginal communities and organisations.

Thirilli Ltd

Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA)

Human Capital Alliance (HCA)

NintiOne Ltd

Thirrili Ltd

Thirrili Ltd is a not for profit organisation which aims to contribute to the broader social wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Thirrili is a Bunuba word which means power and strength. As well as Thirrili’s role as a national provider of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander – specific postvention support and assistance, the not for profit organisation also conducts consultancies to promote advocacy, provides support and expert advice and assistance to the evaluation of the Federal Government’s National Suicide Prevention Trial Sites.

Rachael Schmeri is of Yankunjatjara and Arrente background and spent most of her childhood growing up in communities. She has extensive experience in Aboriginal Affairs with all levels of government and non -government organisations. She has a long history of undertaking community engagement and development activities with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and organisations, using strength-based approaches.

Thirrilli’s Current Evaluation Projects include:

Evaluation of Suicide Prevention Trial Sites with the University of Melbourne (January 2018 to June 2020)

The Thirrili team  are currently working with the University of Melbourne to evaluate the Commonwealth Government’s National Suicide Prevention Trial, leading the evaluation at sites focused on supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The key objective is to assess the extent the strategies are appropriate, effective and efficient in preventing suicide at a local level and with at-risk population groups, and the implications for future suicide prevention activities.

Key activities involve:

  • visiting trial sites with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander focus and conducting interviews and workshops with local stakeholders regarding the trial, and
  • assessing the information, developing findings and recommendations to inform future policy directions.

Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA)

Healthcare Management Advisors (HMA) has extensive experience in monitoring, evaluation and review projects. These include process evaluation, outcomes evaluation, summative evaluation and meta-evaluation. They can also provide capacity building support for clients wishing to upskill staff in evaluation concepts. HMA abides by the Australian Evaluation Society guidelines on ethical conduct of evaluation.

Evaluation and Review – The HMA has extensive experience in monitoring, evaluation and review projects. These include process evaluation, outcomes evaluation, summative evaluation and meta-evaluation. They also provide capacity building support for clients wishing to upskill staff in evaluation concepts.

Evidence Collection – The HMA consulting team use both qualitative and quantitative methods to collect evidence including:

• Stakeholder consultation, including face to face meetings and focus groups
• Community and consumer consultation
• Literature reviews
• Tailored survey design and online surveys
• Workshop and focus group facilitation

Topics – community based care and social and emotional well-being and workforce

Previous work includes:

Statistical Suicide Demand Analysis – National Indigenous Critical Response Service

HMA was engaged by Thirrili Ltd to undertake suicide demand analysis for the National Indigenous Critical Response Service. Key tasks included: development of ethics submissions to the Victorian, National and Western Australian Coroners’ Courts for access to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide data data cleansing to identify null records and statistical outliers population-based data […]

Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities – Summary of Promising Programs

Suicide Prevention in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities – Summary of Promising Programs The University of Western Australia engaged HMA to develop an evidence base for what works in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide prevention, through a meta-evaluation of suicide prevention programs identified through a literacy scan and community consultations program.

Human Capital Alliance (HCA)

Human Capital Alliance (HCA) is a management, workforce planning and development and evaluation research consultancy specializing in aligning human capital to strategic and organisational goals. HCA has particular expertise with health workforces and generally workforces planning, managing and delivering health services. It is comprised of a core group of management and human resources experts and social researchers whose project management and high level content skills are enhanced by an extensive network of associates recognized as experts in their fields. HCA actively listens to clients and stakeholders and applies innovative research methodologies to develop realistic solutions that work.

Debbie Stanford – After commencing her professional career as a social worker in acute health care and community settings, Debbie spent more than two decades working across a broad range of Commonwealth and state government health funding, policy and program development initiatives. The majority of this time was spent working on national health and aged care policy and funding initiatives. This experience has resulted in a comprehensive understanding of national policy development processes and the legislative and funding frameworks that support high quality service delivery to consumers. Debbie has a strong and successful stakeholder consultation record, with particular expertise in identifying and exploring the nexus between government policy requirements and stakeholder perspectives and negotiating pathways forward.

Debbie’s content expertise includes workforce analysis and development strategies, rural and remote health service provision models, consumer-led models for aged care and disability support strategies, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service access strategies, and the development and implementation of quality and safety management frameworks for health systems, services and professions. She has a detailed understanding of the Medicare funding arrangements, legislation and management arrangements and spent over a decade working on various aspects of the role and funding of diagnostic services in health service provision.

Since joining HCA in 2014, Debbie has applied her skills and content knowledge to a range of projects that have included workforce analysis and development activities, evaluation projects and qualitative research.   These activities have involved review and analysis of relevant literature, preparation of ethics applications, design and implementation of survey and qualitative research tools, consultation with consumers, professionals, managers and public sector policy advisors and program managers, analysis and reporting of qualitative data, and extensive report-writing and other communication activities. Other critical skills that have been required include detailed and strategic project management, active team participation and leadership when required, meeting or workshop facilitation, client and liaison and relationship building, and risk management across all areas of practice.  Like all HCA core staff, Debbie is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society and a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia.

In addition, Debbie has postgraduate qualifications in landscape architecture which she has applied in both community development activities and private commissions.  This training has honed her design-thinking capabilities, giving her a detailed understanding of the importance of context, relevant detail, process and user input to any design process.

Ninti One

Ninti One work with clients to develop culturally appropriate evaluation approaches and tools, applying a cultural lens to the interpretation of results.  They resource communities and organisations to monitor and evaluate their activities to understand how effective their activities are, their impact and success rate and where improvements can be made. Ninti One use a participatory approach to monitoring and evaluation for groups to understand what’s working and what activities can be changed to achieve desired aims.

Their team of Aboriginal Community Researchers ensures a more authentic research outcome for you, thanks to their deeper understanding of location, traditional knowledge, languages and culture that external researchers may lack.

At the other end of the spectrum, Ninti one have a national network of leading universities to call upon to conduct specialised research on any topic, drawing upon cutting edge theories and trends.

Ninti One’s work include Beyond Blue Evaluations – Beyond Blue Inc.

Beyond Blue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to increase awareness and understanding of depression, anxiety and suicide prevention in Australia and reduce the associated stigma. Ninti is the only Aboriginal company on Beyond Blue’s Evaluation Services Panel, and cultural consultant services panel. They provide evaluation specialists to evaluate Beyond Blue’s programs, products or services, and policies and strategies, with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Ninti is part of a team with ARTD that is delivering the ‘Design of Beyond Blue Performance Framework’ project, to identify standard measures to demonstrate its impact against the Beyond Blue’s ‘Beyond 2020 Strategic Plan’, provision of a roadmap of key infrastructure dependencies, and the detailing of options for a user-friendly reporting structure. The study also advises on change management for Beyond Blue’s rollout of the performance framework.

Client satisfaction survey for Central Australian Aboriginal Congress 

Ninti has been contracted by Congress to conduct a minimum of 1,400 client satisfaction surveys at eight Congress health clinics in Alice Springs and surrounding remote communities. The information and data collected is helping Congress to analyse how it can deliver improved health services for Aboriginal people in Central Australia.

Evaluation panels – various agencies

Ninti also have representatives on a range of evaluation panels. These include:

  • Australian Federal Police Capability Support Services Panel
  • Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (PM&C), Collaborative Research Evaluation and Planning Panel
  • Australian Department of Jobs and Small Business, Research and Evaluation Services
  • Australian Department of Social Services (DSS), Research, Evaluation and Data Panel
  • Australian Department of Human Services. Market and Social Research Services
  • Australian Department of Health, Remote and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Aged Care Service Development Assistance Panel
  • Australian Department of Health, Program Reviewers and Evaluators Panel for Health Systems Financing and Evaluation Branch, Health Economics and Research Division, Australian Government
  • Beyond Blue. Evaluation Services Panel
  • Beyond Blue. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural consultant services panel
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Advisory Services Register for Agriculture, Inclusive Markets and Development Finance

Contact – Rod Reeve, Managing Director Phone: 08 8211 0403 

If you or organisation would like to be considered as an independent evaluator please contact us.