Evaluation of the Child Health Check Initiative and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative - Final Report

2.5 Standards and ethics

Evaluation of the Child Health Check Initiative and the Expanding Health Service Delivery Initiative - Final Report

Page last updated: 17 April 2012

At the outset of the evaluation we developed a set of evaluation standards and guidelines to fit the NT context. At DoHA’s recommendation, these were based on the Swiss Evaluation Society’s evaluation standards and informed by other research and evaluation guidelines to make them more relevant to evaluating programs in remote Aboriginal communities. The standards and guidelines were included in the Evaluation Design. Report and were used to guide and support the design and implementation of the evaluation.

The analysis of health data within the evaluation was guided by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Data Principles regarding ethical data collection, management, use and storage, and respect for understanding of data ownership and sharing (AHMAC 2006).

The evaluation design was submitted to the Top End Human Research Ethics Committee and the Central Australian Human Research Ethics Committee in October 2009 and was granted full approval from both committees in November 2009.

The proposed analysis, involving the CHCI and NT population health data collections, was submitted for approval to both ethics committees in early 2010 (in January to the Top End committee and February to the Central Australian committee), and was granted approval in February 2010 (Top End) and April 2010 (Central Australian).
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