Developing a framework to measure economic impacts of projects on Aboriginal people

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Deloitte Access Economics undertook an independent evaluation to determine the impact of funding invested in a range of projects and programs aimed at addressing economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region.

This resulted in the development of a framework that identified the types of measures needed to demonstrate the economic impacts of Regional Development funding on Aboriginal people in regional Western Australia, particularly in relation to employment, training and business development opportunities.

To be effective, this approach needs to be set up at project inception to ensure the right data is collected and modelled to demonstrate economic benefits.

Creating an improved evaluation framework

The evaluation highlighted the importance of improving reporting and evaluation requirements to address overall limitations of data and to ensure progress towards outcomes can be tracked.

Adopting the enhanced framework at project inception would assist in demonstrating the achievement of economic impacts as a result of project funding. The evaluation put forward the following basic metrics to measure economic impacts of projects on Aboriginal people:

  • Wages directly paid to Aboriginal workers
  • Amount of profits derived by Aboriginal businesses through project procurements, and
  • Value of goods and services that the project provides to Aboriginal communities or entities.

To find out more, you can read a summary of the evaluation here. To obtain further detail regarding the types of data that need to be collected to support quantitative evaluations please contact evaluation@dpird.wa.gov.au

Deloitte Access Economics undertook an independent evaluation to determine the impact of funding invested in a range of projects and programs aimed at addressing economic opportunities for Aboriginal people in the Kimberley region.

This resulted in the development of a framework that identified the types of measures needed to demonstrate the economic impacts of Regional Development funding on Aboriginal people in regional Western Australia, particularly in relation to employment, training and business development opportunities.

To be effective, this approach needs to be set up at project inception to ensure the right data is collected and modelled to demonstrate economic benefits.

Creating an improved evaluation framework

The evaluation highlighted the importance of improving reporting and evaluation requirements to address overall limitations of data and to ensure progress towards outcomes can be tracked.

Adopting the enhanced framework at project inception would assist in demonstrating the achievement of economic impacts as a result of project funding. The evaluation put forward the following basic metrics to measure economic impacts of projects on Aboriginal people:

  • Wages directly paid to Aboriginal workers
  • Amount of profits derived by Aboriginal businesses through project procurements, and
  • Value of goods and services that the project provides to Aboriginal communities or entities.

To find out more, you can read a summary of the evaluation here. To obtain further detail regarding the types of data that need to be collected to support quantitative evaluations please contact evaluation@dpird.wa.gov.au