The AES is committed to strengthening and building First Nation peoples’ evaluation capacity in culturally safe evaluation theory, practice and use. We will work with our members to ensure that there is a strong community of First Nations evaluators and that evaluations are culturally safe in both process and product. We are committed to leading the evaluation community on reconciliation.

What we want to achieve

Our commitment to creating a strong community of First Nations evaluators is reflected in the increasing number of Indigenous evaluators at Board level and the influential work of the Indigenous Culture and Diversity Committee. Our Reconciliation Action Plan provides us with clear direction. We are committed to supporting emerging First Nations evaluators through the conference support grants and promoting excellence in Indigenous evaluation through the our annual awards.

As outlined in the current strategic plan, our aims are:

  • A strong community of First Nations evaluators
  • Career pathways for First Nations evaluators
  • Commissioners value culturally safe evaluation
  • Evaluations are culturally safe in both process and product
  • All evaluators are culturally competent
  • Cultural competency is an essential evaluation competency
  • Ethical practice is followed
  • How you can assist

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    Sponsor or support and promote the conference support grants
    Consider a Reconciliation Action Plan for your organisation
    Organise training for you and/or your staff in cultural respect and safety
    Introduce cultural protocols
    Commemmorate and promote NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week

    NEW! AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework

    The Indigenous Culture and Diversity Committee of the AES proposed and advocated for the creation of a cultural safety framework. The development was supported by a reference group, consisting of the Indigenous Culture and Diversity Committee and representatives from other AES committees.

    The AES First Nations Cultural Safety Framework is intended to:
    1. Outline principles of culturally safe evaluation.
    2. Provide practical guidance on the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the evaluation process.
    3. Provide practical guidance on what contributes to culturally safe evaluation in all phases of the evaluation process, from design through to implementation, reporting, and translating the learnings into policy and practice.
    4. Identify the outcomes that can be achieved through full and consistent implementation of the Framework.

    During 2022, the AES will conduct virtual workshops on applying the Framework.

    AES First Nations Cultural Safety FrameworkWorkshops on applying the Framework
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    AES Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan

    The AES Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan (September 2018–September 2019) is a deliberate recognition of our history, acknowledging the hurt and trauma of the past, in order to heal and find a positive and constructive way forward as an inclusive organisation; one that recognises the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia.

    The RAP was developed by a dedicated working group which included four Aboriginal people and two First Nations people from the Pacific.

    We strongly encourage you to actively engage with the initiatives and activities presented in the RAP. 

    AES Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan
    Cover of RAP report

    AES commemorates NAIDOC Week and National Reconciliation Week