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 National Mentoring & Evaluation Scheme


National Indigenous Family Violence Grants Programme (NIFVGP) - Stages 1 to 4

Principal AERC Staff:
Assoc. Prof. Paul Memmott, Carroll Go-Sam, Catherine Chambers, Graeme Channells

Mentoring Consultants:
Carroll Go-Sam, Rachael Stacy, Fred Spring and Sandi Taylor

[Refer 'Who We Are - Staff Profiles' ]

The consulting arm of the AERC, was commissioned to undertake mentoring and evaluation services for the NIFVGP. This grants programme formed part of a federal government funding initiative called Partnerships Against Domestic Violence that was administered by the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women. The service supplied by PMA to four rounds of grant recipients consisted of mentoring, or providing support and assistance to, a total of 74 Indigenous Project Teams situated in over 60 communities around Australia. The in-house PMA team worked in tandem with a number of consultant Mentors. Intense assistance was undertaken with a number of groups experiencing difficulty. A website was developed as a part of this project featuring numerous links to online resources related to Indigenous Family Violence. PMA also undertook an evaluation of the entire project, including the efforts of projects groups, the auspicing body and its own mentoring service.
[Refer to http://www.indigenousviolence.net/ for more detail about this project.]

In many cases mentoring proved to be of significant value to the NIFVGP and its participants. Independent support, advice and encouragement were provided to many ISPs while good practice examples were collected and performance problems documented. The mentors were also well positioned to carry out interventions in a number of poorly performing projects that required a sensitive approach to how they were reinvigorated and outcomes restored. The evaluation produced a number of significant recommendations that will positively influence the conduct of future grant programmes.


Reports and Publications:
Memmott, P., Channels, G., Go-Sam, C., Stacy, R., Spring, F., Taylor, S., Chambers, C. & Thomson, L. 2004 “Evaluation Report of National Indigenous Family Violence Grants Programme of the Office of the Status of Women.” Paul Memmott & Associates in association with AERC, University of Qld, August.

Memmott, P. & Go-Sam, C. 2003 “Interim Emerging Good Practice Report, Round 03 of the Mentoring and Evaluation Scheme for the National Indigenous Family Violence Grants Programme (NIFVGP).” Prepared for the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 22 September.

Memmott, P. & Chambers, C. 2002 “Final Report for the Mentoring and Evaluation Scheme of the Partnerships Against Domestic Violence, Indigenous Family Violence Grants Program Stage 1.” Prepared for the Office of Women, Commonwealth Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, May 2002.

Memmott, P., Chambers, C. & Go-Sam, C. 2001-2003 “Progress Reports No.s 1 to 4 for Stages 1 and 2 of the Mentoring and Evaluation Scheme for the National Indigenous Family Violence Grants Programme (NIFVGP).” Prepared for the Commonwealth Office of the Status of Women, Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, 10 February.

* Download a copy of the Executive Summary of the Final Evaluation Report submitted to the Office of the Status of Women in late 2004 here. For information regarding permission to view the full report, please contact the AERC.

* Download a copy of the report Violence in Indigenous Communities released by National Crime Prevention in the Commonwealth Attorney-General's Department at the URL http://www.ncp.gov.au (Report Authors: Assoc. Prof. Paul Memmott, Rachael Stacy, Catherine Chambers & Dr Catherine Keys.)