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Understanding the practice of co-designing and co-producing recommendations

Over the last two decades, governments have increasingly sought to include the public in the design and development of services to ensure they are meeting the needs of individuals and communities. Concepts such as ‘co-design’ and ‘co-production’ have emerged to describe this style of collaboration.

There is some evidence in recent years of an emerging practice that seeks to bring citizens into co-designing recommendations to government. However, successful recommendation making to government is, in and of itself, a complex enterprise requiring attention to a range of issues including the construction and wording of recommendations, and knowledge of public service structures, budget, and government priorities and predisposition to implement any given recommendation.

This study will examine the process used to arrive at the recommendations arising from the OCHRE evaluation, as a case study to inform future work in this area. It will explore possible conflicts and contradictions in experience and world view in the ways Aboriginal peoples and government understand and enact the recommendation making process. Undertaken in partnership with the Anthropos Consulting Services, the study seeks to improve the quality of recommendations to increase the likelihood of successful outcomes.

Aboriginal Languages and Wellbeing in NSW

Anecdotal evidence suggests that there are many health and wellbeing benefits for Aboriginal people who speak their heritage language. This study will analyse data from the Australian Census of Population and Housing, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey and the National Indigenous Languages Survey collections to identify connections between speaking an Aboriginal language and wellbeing in NSW. The evidence gained through the study will inform work to achieve the commitments in the Aboriginal Languages Act (2017).

The study is being undertaken in partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research at the Australian National University.

Recognising Aboriginal political communities

Critical to any transformation of the relationships between government and Aboriginal peoples in NSW, is a sound political understanding of who Aboriginal people are in NSW – what does Aboriginal polity look like here?

This desktop review will examine the features of the Aboriginal polity in NSW describing the peak advocacy groups, advisory groups, corporations, committees and joint management groups in four locations in NSW. It will explore the features of each of the groups including its history, the length of time the group has operated, its focus, funding, role, how the group currently relates to others and to various levels of government and its legal framework.

The study is being undertaken in partnership with the University of Technology, Sydney.

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