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AWRAE — Aboriginal Women’s Research Assistant and Evaluation Training Program

  • Organisation:

    Girl Effect

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  • Geographic Location:

    Pilot in Carnarvon and Broome/Derby

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Funding Information

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  • Other Funding Partners:

    Ian Potter Foundation, The Fouress Foundation

Project Information

  • Project Commencement Date:
  • 06 Jan 2019
  • Project Completion Date:
  • 06 Jan 2021
  • What issues are addressed?:
  • When I travelled around the U.S. last November on a study tour, it was clear that racial equity was a major theme—in philanthropy and in evaluation. They asked me what I am doing to improve equity in evaluation. I had no response. So I have been asking around. I have come across two projects. One is the LEEP project at ASRC. The other does not yet exist in Australia, but is a global movement TEGA run out of the UK by a company called The Girl Effect (contact to send you information).

    Currently, young women in remote Australia face limited on-country employment opportunities. In tandem, non-profits and government organisations face difficulty in gathering accurate data, recruiting remote evaluators and assessing the value of their remote programs.
  • Project Description:
  • Essentially, TEGA trains groups of about a dozen young women (ages 16-25) to be Market Research Society (MRS) qualified researchers. TEGA would train these girls under a four-month accredited training process.

    Non-profits (currently Ngala and Girls Academy have agrees) will then contract the girls to collect data. Surveys and data collection can be designed with NGOs/government/community. The girls collect the data by mobile phone. NGOs would have access to raw data, but as a general rule, TEGA tends to perform data analysis and produce reports.

    The girls are paid a fair wage (in India about 30% higher than minimum wage, in US $15/hr, here it would be $18/hr) but not too high as too draw undue attention to them in their community. They can travel to different communities (up to a day of travel) for interviews.

    The project is to support a two-year pilot in Carnavon and Broome/Derby
  • Alleviating suffering / disadvantage?:
  • This project allows young women to have employment opportunities on country AND ensures that programs operating on country are well-evaluated, thereby minimising the chance that a poorly-run and/or inequitable program would continue.
  • Changing Policy, Practices & Systems?:
  • The TEGA project promotes the concept of Indigenous Data Sovereignty.

    “Thank you for sending this around. It is impressive. It not only could serve as a tool to measure how services or research are impacting on marginalised groups but it is a great example of Indigenous data sovereignty which is a very powerful movement to get First Nations people to take control of their own data,: it’s collection, analysis and interpretation. When this happens effective change for good happens in communities and groups.” - Fiona Stanley

    “I see this project in particular as investing in the capacity building of our community” - Cherie Sibosado

    The Australian government (specifically DFAT) already uses TEGA for data collection and reports, however, this is occurring overseas. Let’s bring the movement home and get more young women interested in evaluation careers!
  • Investing in or empowering women?:
  • Tackling gender inequality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It has now been recognised world-over for the critical role it plays towards ending poverty. When designing solutions for the world’s girls,governments, private sector companies and NGOs often don’t have the means to listen to
    girls directly because conventional research methods may not reach her. As a result, programmes are designed, implemented
    and evaluated without girls’ voices directly informing them.
    Addressing the world’s gender data gap is the key to transformative change for girls and women. Girl Effect, an international NGO, developed TEGA to change this. Girls aged 16-24 are employed and trained using bespoke smartphones
    to become Market Research Society (MRS) qualified researchers and Technology Enabled Girl Ambassadors (TEGAs). TEGAs conduct interview research within their
    own communities - and unlocks the open and honest conversations that occur between girls and their communities.
  • Media / Promotion?:
  • The predominant promotion will be via the Girl Effect webpage.

    However, if this is successful, it will be more widely promoted via social media and news outlets, as well as onto steering committees.
  • How is success evaluated / measured?:
  • By June 2021: If the pilot generates enough interest to attract funding for years 3-6.

    By June 2021: If the state and/or Commonwealth government begins to contract the TEGA girls

    By June 2021: if 24 or more girls have been trained, and of those 24, 85% are engaged in EET one year post-project and at least 6 go onto further evaluation-related career options.

    By June 2025: if the social enterprise is self-sustaining, i.e., returns >$1 in profit.

Contact Information

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    Squirrel Main

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