Investigating Appropriate Evaluation Methods and Indicators for Indigenous Housing Programs

TitleInvestigating Appropriate Evaluation Methods and Indicators for Indigenous Housing Programs
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsWalker R, Ballard J, Taylor C
Keywords38.22 - Residential Architecture: Housing macro-f, AUS - AustraliaW - PilbaraX - Western AustraliaV -, Generated, Major Cities of Australia Inner Regional Australia, Management - program evaluation

This paper aims to establish both a conceptual and analytical framework and principles and methodologies for conducting appropriate evaluations on Indigenous housing. A second emphasis in the research will be on establishing qualitative methods and social indicators framework to measure and evaluate program effectiveness in achieving social outcomes which will supplement AHURI research on quantitative and modelling approaches. It will help to overcome some of the shortcomings of quantitative data and difficulties of attaining statistical accuracy in reaching conclusions about programs. (Walker et al 2002:6.) The paper provides an overview of the WA Indigneous housing sector using the indicators of habitability (standard of housing and overcrowding), affordability, accessibility, cultural adequacy, and indigenous control. (Walker et al 2002:14-18.). The paper analyses evaluation processes and social indicators. The authors argue for an Indigenous research framework: This framework encompasses principles, goals, evaluation methods/methodologies and social indicators that recognise the rights and interests of Indigenous people consistent with the goals of social democracy (Walker et al 2002:33).for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), Western Australia Research Centre, January. [Positioning Paper], January.