Closing the Health Gap Evaluation
The Department of Health engaged Urbis Pty Ltd to conduct a comprehensive evaluation of Victoria’s regional approach to Closing the Health Gap.
The evaluation is examining the performance of the Closing the Health Gap initiative in Victoria against its aims. The evaluation is focusing on measuring progress against the five priority areas outlined in the Victorian Statewide implementation plan.
The evaluation will:
- tell us if planned implementation is on track
- tell us if the effort is delivering outcomes
- tell us what is working and what strategies may need adjusting
- help inform the nature and amount of future funding.
Urbis developed the evaluation framework based on the Statewide implementation plan. The framework links work at the local and regional level with national and state measures and reporting requirements. Urbis consulted with key stakeholders to develop the framework including the department's regional offices and regional Closing the Gap committees.
The evaluation includes quantitative and qualitative data, and involves regular consultation and communication with stakeholders.
The evaluators are conducting activities to develop the capacity of local and regional stakeholders to evaluate their activities and programs to contribute to the statewide evaluation.
Urbis commenced work in late 2010. A Baseline Report was produced in 2011.
A review of progress is undertaken every six months. The findings of the review of statewide and regional activities in the January - June 2011 period are available in the first report: Closing the Gap in Health Outcomes Progress Report October 2011.
The findings of the second review are available in Closing the Gap in Health Outcomes Progress Report June 2012.
The findings of the interim report, completed in March 2013 are available in Interim Report on Closing the Gap in Aboriginal Health Outcomes Initiative March 2013.
A final report after the completion of the four years of funding will be prepared towards the end of 2013.
For further information on the Evaluation, please contact:
Bruce Watson, Aboriginal Health Branch
Phone: (03) 9096 6131
Claire Grealy, Project Director, Urbis
Phone: (03) 8663 4858