Indigenous health service evaluation: Principles and guidelines from a provincial “three ribbon” expert panel

Michelle Firestone, Raglan Maddox, Patricia O'Campo, Janet Smylie, Cheryllee Bourgeois, Sara Wolfe, Susan Snelling, Heather Manson, Constance McKnight, Jeanne Hebert, Roger Boyer, Wayne Warry, Vicki van Wagner

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Abstract

A group of Indigenous health and social service evaluators called the “Three Ribbon” panel came together in Toronto in 2015/16 with the goal of informing a set of evidence-based guidelines for urban Indigenous health and social service and program evaluation. The collective knowledge and experiences of the Three Ribbon panel was gathered through discussion circles and synthesized around the following areas: barriers to conducting Indigenous health and social service evaluation; decolonizing principles and protocols that support community self-determination and centralize Indigenous culture and worldviews; and guidelines to inform health and social service evaluation moving forward. The wisdom and contributions of the Three Ribbon Panel creates space for Indigenous worldviews, values, and beliefs within program evaluation practice and has important implications for evaluation research and application.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-424
Number of pages12
JournalCanadian Journal of Program Evaluation
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Support for the Three Ribbon Panel was provided through a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)-funded, provincial capacity-building research program entitled ?Urban Aboriginal Health Counts: Advancing Urban Aboriginal Population-Based Health Needs Assessment and Health Service Evaluation in Ontario.? Dr. Smylie was supported by a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information. The agencies that sponsored the Three Ribbon Panel gathering were Dedwadadehsnye>s Aboriginal Health Centre (DAHAC), Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto (SGMT), Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC), Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe'iyewigamig Health Access Centre (NIHAC), and Well Living House (WLH).

Funding Information:
Support for the Three Ribbon Panel was provided through a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)-funded, provincial capacity-building research program entitled “Urban Aboriginal Health Counts: Advancing Urban Aboriginal Population-Based Health Needs Assessment and Health Service Evaluation in Ontario.” Dr. Smylie was supported by a CIHR Applied Public Health Research Chair in Indigenous Health Knowledge and Information. The agencies that sponsored the Three Ribbon Panel gathering were Dedwadadehsnye>s Aboriginal Health Centre (DAHAC), Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto (SGMT), Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC), Waasegiizhig Nanaandawe’iyewigamig Health Access Centre (NIHAC), and Well Living House (WLH).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2020 Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation. All rights reserved.

Copyright:
Copyright 2020 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Decolonization
  • Guiding principles
  • Indigenous
  • Indigenous experience
  • Self-determination

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