Policy, development and engagement research

Learning on Country Program (LoCP) evaluation

Maningrida floodplains, NT. Photo: Bill Fogarty

Related links

link icon'Indigenous prison rates are a national shame' – opinion piece on The Drum, ABC.

link iconLearning on Country Program: Progress Evaluation Report, May 2015 – this report covers progress achieved over the first eighteen months of program implementation.

link iconMedia release: Program boosts Indigenous school attendance – ANU News, 23 November 2015.

The National Centre for Indigenous Studies (NCIS), in partnership with the Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR), is conducting an evaluation of the Learning on Country Program (LoCP) in the Northern Territory. The evaluation is being funded by the Australian Government Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

The Learning on Country Program (LoCP) is an approach to education in remote areas whereby learning is designed to be both relevant and engaging to the local community. The LoCP approach aims to incorporate local Indigenous aspirations and perspectives, while simultaneously embedding literacy and numeracy learning in real activities such as management of environmental threats and pursuit of economic development opportunities.

This unique model of collaborative evaluative research is being led by NCIS Research Fellow Dr Bill Fogarty and is being conducted in conjunction with four Aboriginal communities in Arnhem Land. It runs until March 2015.

Key NCIS researchers: Dr Bill Fogarty.

Project timeline: 2013 – 2015.

Researchers Dr Bill Fogarty and Dr Jerry Schwab discuss the Learning on Country Program with the Marthakal Rangers in Galiwinku.

Indigenous Cricket

This project, led by NCIS Research Fellow Dr Bill Fogarty, is a 12-month collaborative research partnership between Cricket Australia, who commissioned the project, and NCIS. The project investigates and critically evaluates numerous approaches to engaging young Indigenous people through cricket, and constitutes a pilot study for a more comprehensive future research project.

The aims of the pilot project include to review existing research and literature pertaining to Indigenous Cricket in Australia; begin documenting a contemporary social history and analysis of cricket among Indigenous people; produce, compile and analyse baseline Indigenous population and participation data for all Australian states and Territories, and identify and make recommendations on statistical and data gaps, where appropriate.

A key component of the project is consultation with Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders in all Australian states and Territories regarding their Indigenous cricket and youth development programs and pathways, with a view to evaluating research and program need. The project will also conduct an audit of existing models of Indigenous youth engagement through sport.

In October 2015, Cricket Australia and The Australian National University (ANU) released ‘For the Love of the Game’ – a final report of the pilot project, which provides a comprehensive history of the involvement of Indigenous Australians in cricket and presents a series of recommendations for Australian Cricket to help guide its ongoing work with Indigenous communities.

Key NCIS researchers: Professor Mick Dodson, Dr Bill Fogarty, Ms Corinne Walsh.

Project timeline: 2013 – 2015.

Updated:  23 December 2016/ Responsible Officer:  NCIS Project Coordinator/ Page Contact:  NCIS Administrative Officer