Empowered Communities' work is based on the following principles:
DEVELOPMENT: Development means expanding the range of social, economic and cultural choices enjoyed by individuals, and contributing to increased self-reliance, capability and opportunity. Development is about closing the gap to improve outcomes for Anangu, both today and into the future, and creating a positive environment for communities to grow and prosper.
EMPOWERMENT: Empowerment means increasing Anangu-led rights, recognition, opportunity and agency. Empowerment is about increased opportunities for Anangu-led decision-making and enabling Anangu to have choices and take responsibility for their families' futures.
PRODUCTIVITY: Productivity means more efficient and effective design, delivery and evaluation of the programs and services delivered in Anangu communities. This includes reducing duplication and improving the outcomes achieved from the investment in the region.
Our work is grounded in the foundations of Anangu life: Tjukurpa (law), Walytja (family), Manta (land) and Wangka (language). Our approach is based on:
Co-design and collective impact – working together with Anangu leading place-based outcomes.
Action learning and innovative adaptive practice – building on local strengths, trying new things and adjusting our approach based on what we learn along the way.
Systems change – transforming systems within and between Governments to put Anangu at the centre of Government decision-making processes.
Evidence-based – a transparent and collaborative approach to monitoring, evaluation and adaptive learning. This includes ensuring there is a clearly defined baseline from which to track progress and remain accountable over time.
Find out more about our evidence-based approach here:
Our evidence based approach to co-design, learning and adaptation is described in the NPY EC methodology. These are the practical steps we take when implementing our projects.
Engage and convene stakeholders: Explore issues; collaborate on ideas; build trust and understanding around a topic.
Establish a Working Group: Build commitment from key people to progress the issue using co-design and collective impact principles.
Project scoping and context analysis: Undertake research to deeply understand the issue from all angles and perspectives; establish a complete baseline.
Co-design workshops: Undertake collaborative exploration of the issue with all key stakeholders; creative problem solving to build a way forward; collectively design indicators and measures of success.
Validate and finalise project plans: Testing ideas for how to address the issue; participatory development of program logics, monitoring and evaluation frameworks and project planning tools with stakeholders.
Implement, review and adapt: Undertake the work and measure the progress; reflect on and adapt in response to feedback as required.
Scale up project for systems change: Demonstrate that new ways of working across the region can become ‘business as usual’; upscale successful pilot models and demonstrate new approaches to government and other decision-makers.
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