EOI for Case Study Regions
As part of the evaluation, we are looking for regional groups or networks of stakeholders, who have been working together to identify and address the eye care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people within their local or regional area, to participate as ‘case studies’ for the evaluation.
The aim of the case studies is to explore regional approaches in more detail, to better understand and describe the activities that have been undertaken, the changes that have been seen, the key things that have worked and the challenges involved in improving eye care services and outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at a local or regional level. This is also an opportunity for regional groups to share their experiences and learning.
We are looking for 6-9 case studies and would like to have representation of groups and networks from across urban, regional and remote geographical areas and from different states and territories. We are interested to hear from both newer and more established regional stakeholder groups and networks.
EOIs are due by Friday 7th August 2020. The EOI information sheet and application form can be accessed below:
June 2020 Update
Due to the implications of COVID-19, we have revised the methods and timelines for the evaluation. We are now working through multi-site ethics approvals with relevant ethics bodies and the evaluation tools are being finalized ready for data collection by the independent evaluators – ARTD Consultants and Clear Horizon consultants. The methods for collecting data for the evaluation will include a short online survey, key informant interviews and focus groups. To maintain social distance the key informant interviews and focus groups will need to be conducted through video and telephone. For more information about the evaluation see the evaluation project summary here
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group has been providing valuable guidance to the evaluation project. The group was established following the first co-design workshop to prioritise the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people, and includes members with a wide range of experience including health care delivery, community engagement, health promotion, program management, policy development, evaluation, communications and advocacy roles. Current members include: Anne-Marie Banfield and Shaun Tatipata (co-chairs), Nick Wilson (secretariat), Tania McLeod, Tony Coburn, Nicole Turner, Colin Moore, Emma Robertson and Nicole Tujague.
An Expression of Interest (EOI) will be released shortly, inviting regional networks to indicate their interest in being ‘case study’ sites for the evaluation. As agreed with the evaluation co-design group, we will aim to have representation from across different jurisdictions and remoteness areas. The case studies will provide the opportunity for a deeper analysis of the different regional approaches to addressing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care needs. Focus Groups and interviews for the case studies will be conducted by the Aboriginal Partnerships and Projects team at ARTD Consultants.
For further information about the evaluation contact Tessa.Saunders@unimelb.edu.au
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Reference Group provides valuable guidance to the evaluation project. The group was established following the first co-design workshop to prioritise the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander people and includes members with a wide range of experience, including health care delivery, community engagement, health promotion, program management, policy development, evaluation, communications and advocacy roles.
Current members include:
Anne-Marie Banfield and Shaun Tatipata (co-chairs), Nick Wilson (secretariat), Tania McLeod, Tony Coburn, Nicole Turner, Colin Moore, Emma Robertson and Nicole Tujague.
Workshop 1 October 2019
On Tuesday 29 October 2019, the first (of three) codesign workshops for the evaluation of the regional implementation of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision was held at The University of Melbourne. The workshop was organised by Indigenous Eye Heath and facilitated by an external Aboriginal facilitator, Kate Kelleher, with the support of the evaluation team from ARTD Consultants.
The objectives of the workshop were to ensure participants understood their role in co-designing the evaluation and how they can be involved in the evaluation and to reach broad agreement on:
- what ‘success’ of regional implementation looks like from various perspectives across the eye care pathway
- what important elements/issues can be identified to support the development of questions and methods for the evaluation
- the process/principles for identifying case study sites
- the best way to share the evaluation findings with those who will benefit from and use the findings.
Figure 1: Map of where stakeholders were from
Figure 2: Stakeholder roles across the eye care pathway
The workshop was well attended, with 38 people from across the country and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care pathway participating in great discussion throughout the day.
The input provided by workshop participants is now being used to finalise the evaluation questions and methodology. The codesign participants will continue to provide input over the course of the evaluation with the next workshop to focus on initial data once that has been collected.
Further detail about the evaluation will be shared once relevant ethics processes are completed.
To make sure that we are asking the right questions and using the best methods, the evaluation is being co-designed with stakeholders from across the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander eye care pathway. Three facilitated co-design workshops will be held over the course of the evaluation and will be used to:
- Workshop 1: design the evaluation questions and methods;
- Workshop 2: provide input into interpretation of initial evaluation findings once information has been gathered; and
- Workshop 3: contribute to shaping the final recommendations and evaluation report
The first workshop, with 38 people from across the country and the pathway of care, was held in October 2019 (see Workshop1)
Participation in the evaluation
Opportunities will be provided for all stakeholders to contribute to the evaluation – further detail will be provided once the evaluation plan has been finalised.
If you have any questions about the process or what will be involved email Tessa.Saunders@unimelb.edu.au or call (03) 9035 3972.
In 2019, Indigenous Eye Health (IEH) at The University of Melbourne commenced a formal evaluation of regional implementation of The Roadmap to Close the Gap for Vision (the Roadmap). Independent evaluators ARTD Consultants and Clear Horizon Consulting have been engaged to carry-out elements of this work with an experienced facilitator, Kate Kelleher, supporting the co-design process.
The aim of the evaluation is to assess current progress and effectiveness of regional implementation of the Roadmap. This will help to inform future activities, enable sharing of learnings across regions about sustainable and transferable approaches to improving eye care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, and to identify any important lessons that may be transferrable beyond eye health.