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Evaluating the capacity building roles of the state and territory peak bodies in the Australian alcohol and other drug sector

McDonald, David; Stirling, Robert

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The Australian alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector has a diverse range of actors, including the nongovernment (NGO) service providers. Representing these services in each of Australian states and territories are AOD sector peak bodies. Their national network commissioned an evaluation of their capacity building (CB) activities and outcomes. The network and the evaluator developed a working definition of CB: Capacity building is a strategy that improves the ability of AOD workers, services...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMcDonald, David
dc.contributor.authorStirling, Robert
dc.date.accessioned2019-11-25T00:47:38Z
dc.identifier.issn1035-719X
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/186547
dc.description.abstractThe Australian alcohol and other drugs (AOD) sector has a diverse range of actors, including the nongovernment (NGO) service providers. Representing these services in each of Australian states and territories are AOD sector peak bodies. Their national network commissioned an evaluation of their capacity building (CB) activities and outcomes. The network and the evaluator developed a working definition of CB: Capacity building is a strategy that improves the ability of AOD workers, services and/or the broader AOD system to achieve better AOD health and social outcomes. The utilisation-focused evaluation (UFE) model was adopted for this project. The evaluation found that sound outcomes have been produced by the peaks’ CB work, and that includes valued changes in the service delivery work of the NGO sector. The CB strategies that are particularly important for attaining the desired outcomes were identified. The CB strategies and activities have been implemented well, and have delivered value for money, though sustainability remains a concern. The evaluation concluded that the peak bodies are ideally placed to deliver CB initiatives. The evaluation’s recommendations have been implemented, and process utilisation of the evaluation has been observed among its participants.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe evaluation was commissioned by the Peaks Capacity Building Network. The network receives funding from the Australian Government Department of Health, with most also receiving funding from their respective state and territory health department. This work was supported by the Australian Government Department of Health.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherAustralasian Evaluation Society Ltd
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2019
dc.sourceEvaluation Journal of Australasia
dc.titleEvaluating the capacity building roles of the state and territory peak bodies in the Australian alcohol and other drug sector
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume19
dc.date.issued2019
local.identifier.absfor111711 - Health Information Systems (incl. Surveillance)
local.identifier.ariespublicationu3102795xPUB1131
local.publisher.urlhttps://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/evaluation-journal-of-australasia/journal203485
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcDonald, David, College of Health and Medicine, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationStirling , Robert , Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies,
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage39
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage48
local.identifier.doi10.1177/1035719X18823569
local.identifier.absseo920414 - Substance Abuse
dc.date.updated2019-05-19T08:20:29Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-85063298787
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