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OCHRE a continuing conversation

Evaluating implementation

The approach

The OCHRE Approach to evaluation 2015 is a living document broadly outlining the next 10 years and providing detail on the plan for the conversations about implementation.

The evaluation plan

The evaluation plan sets out how the evaluation will occur. It includes the considerations in the design, the scope and details of the first stage – implementation and early outcomes. The plan is a living document and will develop over time in conversations with both the NSW Government and the communities involved.

Collecting information

The evaluation plans provide the details of what information will be collected on Country and how this information will be collected. The plans are provided under the heading ‘Evaluation Plans’ on the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW’s website.

View the reports here

Findings and recommendations

The findings and recommendations from the evaluation of the implementation and early outcomes are provided under the heading ‘Site Reports’ on the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW’s website. There is a full report and a summary report for each of the programs included in the evaluation and a report that synthesises the findings across these programs.

The reports are made available with the approval of the local Aboriginal communities involved and belong to the members of those communities.

For information about the evaluation reports contact Ilan Katz, at the Social Policy Research Centre, at Ilan.Katz@unsw.edu.au or call (02) 9385 7810. Ilan is responsible for the independent evaluation. For information about the NSW Government’s response email Lou-Anne Lind at Aboriginal Affairs NSW at Lou-Anne.Lind@aboriginalaffairs.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 8362 6616.

View the reports here


The NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA) provided a report and recommendations to the Hon. Sarah Mitchell MLC, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs. The recommendations contained in the report A Step Closer - A Report with Recommendations from NCARA to the New South Wales Government following Stage One of the OCHRE Evaluation complement, reinforce and improve the implementation stage of the evaluation.

View the report here

Information about the NSW Coalition of Aboriginal Regional Alliances (NCARA) can be found here


The NSW government has welcomed the findings and recommendations of the evaluation. Like any evaluation, not only has it highlighted successes but outlined areas for improvement so that policy and practice can be strengthened. This policy started with a conversation; respectful implementation and evaluation continued that conversation. The NSW Government’s response to the evaluation will be no different, by ensuring the deep knowledge of Aboriginal people needed to truly transform the relationship between community and government, is the foundation to making OCHRE even stronger.

In responding the NSW Government will also consider the recommendations made by NCARA and the findings and recommendations of the NSW Ombudsman’s special report into OCHRE expected soon.


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