The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) Board has announced its intention to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) under Reconciliation Australia’s RAP Program. The AES President, Dr Lyn Alderman, said that the RAP underlines the AES’s commitment to building respectful relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities:
“In its three-year strategy, the board and members have made a commitment to building Indigenous evaluation capacity, as well as promoting culturally appropriate and safe Indigenous evaluation. We view joining the RAP Program and contributing to reconciliation in Australia as central to this strategy.”
The AES will also strongly recommend that member organisations develop their own RAPs.
It is expected that the AES RAP will go through several revisions before it is formally adopted during 2017. Indigenous Board members plan to speak to the process and formally launch the RAP to members at the 2017 AES Conference.