In each project, our first step is to meet with you to discuss your needs and confirm the most appropriate approach and a detailed workplan for your project.
The following characteristics underpin our approach in all projects.
We have policies, processes and systems to ensure we meet your needs. For each project, we put together the team with the combined technical capability, policy knowledge and prior experience to successfully deliver the project. A Principal Consultant is allocated to each project to provide oversight and quality control at all stages. An experienced staff member provides project management, ensuring all tasks are implemented effectively and on schedule, and keeping you informed so there are ‘no surprises’. ARTD Directors ensure the project team has the required management support, facilities and resources.
Since 1989, ARTD has worked with Indigenous stakeholders across Australia to design, deliver and evaluate social and human services policies and programs in their communities. In this time, we have developed a network of experienced Indigenous associates and organisations to support our work in this area.
We have close and long-standing relationships with two Indigenous associates, Simon Jordan and Tracey Whetnall, and work with a broader network of associates through project opportunities.
We also have a strategic partnership with Charles Darin University’s Northern Institute, which has significant experience and expertise in collaborative evaluation with Indigenous peoples and cross-cultural research and evaluation. This partnership combines our skills in public policy with the Northern Institute’s network of associates, including Indigenous researchers, and leverages our shared realist approach to understanding the value of public policy and programs.
When working with Indigenous communities, we work closely with Indigenous program stakeholders and always follow the principles outlined by the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council (AH&MRC) and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AITSIS) Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies. In practice, this means that we:
We are committed to the principles of choice, voice and control and believe that all people, no matter their ability, should be included in the development and evaluation of policies and programs that affect their lives.
We have successfully consulted with people with disability for a range of projects and developed resources to improve access and inclusion for people with disability. You can see our disability sector work here.
We often work with associates and partner organisations to support our work in this area. We are currently seeking new partnerships with disabled people’s organisations. If you are interested in partnering, please contact us.