This Blog is to inform members of GBRF and the TWG about what is happening on the ground in the Traditional Owner (TO) Integrated Monitoring and Reporting (IMR) (Strong peoples – Strong country) Pilot Project. It offers updates about ESS's involvement with each of the TO Groups involved in the Pilot and outlines where on-ground work is currently being focussed
Reflections on CRA recruitment
Two of the three Pilot groups have struggled to appoint and/or retain their community research assistant (CRA), with only one of the three groups’ CRAs potentially completing the role as initially envisioned. This has resulted in significant disruption to the project and might limit its outcomes. We offer two factors that might have contributed to this and might be learned from (as is the purpose of this Pilot).
Analysing local MER - SP-SC alignment
This post looks at the data visualisation tool explored in the previous post to analyse some of the features of the alignment between local MER programs and the SP-SC framework. This analysis is by no means exhaustive but points out some of the most outstanding features of these relationships (that occur to us at least).
Visualising alignment of Pilot MER programs and SP-SC framework
For a few months now, we have been exploring ways of visualising the alignment between local monitoring and evaluation programs with the strong people strong country framework. Because This is a key outcome of the project, selecting and developing an appropriate tool has been a priority.
Questions to help guide non-Indigenous researchers engage with TO groups
This post explores what we put forward to be pragmatic ways that help to overcome the unintentional disconnect between non-indigenous researchers and their projects and traditional owners’ interests. We keep this topic specific to our experience in this Pilot Project, but recogni ...
Requesting data from researchers
Related to our previous post, this offers reflections on interactions with non-Indigenous researchers and assisting Pilot groups to request data that has been collected about their country. Last post explored an increasing awareness of the value of data among groups and increasing confidence to request and then use this data from external researchers. But exactly how this is data is requested is critical to what is returned and the the outcomes it can produce.
The emerging value of data
Groups are now much more aware of the value of the data that they collect, store, or manage within their database. Whereas data and datasets were commonly confusing and meaningless at the start of the project, groups now recognise the value of their information and what it can tell them.
IMS Training with Wuthathi CRA (Yodie)
The Wuthathi CRA (Yodie) has requested to be trained to use some of the more sophisticated functionality of their customised information management system (IMS). Specifically, Yodie would like to understand how to build forms (the basic data-entry components of the database), so that Wuthathi can record new types of information on-the-go, as they become needed.
Digitising the SP-SC Survey - making it accessible, simple and secure for Pilot groups
ESS has responded to requests from the groups and GBRF to produce an online, accessible and secure version of the Strong People - Strong Country Survey. It is now available through each groups mobile data collection tools and through their information management systems.
Small but significant steps with Yuwi - the importance of a Plan!
Progress so far has been slow with Yuwi, who are in an important and very busy transitional phase in their operations and governance. This has impeded but certainly not stopped progress towards developing their MER framework. A significant development has recently occurred, which ...
Historical Wuathathi seagrass monitoring records
Wuthathi have identified Seagrass condition in coastal uytu (salt-waters) as an indicator for the health their Coastal Ngaachi (country) and Karakara (sea country). As such, they require data about the health of the seagrass over time. By searching existing databases they have been able to find data about their seagrass dating back to 1984.
Goondoi Arts IMS configuration
From our first meeting and initial presentations, Goondoi have been enthusiastic to implement their own Information Management System as the first outcome of the project. As such, after gathering an understanding of their existing datasets, information management workflows and pr ...
Prioritising Wuthathi indicators
Wuthathi has implemented its Indigenous Protected Area Plan, which outlines its key cultural and environmental values and its strategies for managing these. Significantly for this Pilot, Wuthathi have elected that this Plan will also guide their local monitoring, evaluation and r ...