Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA) was contracted in November 2015 to develop an Evaluation and Monitoring Framework and conduct the evaluation of the Tackling Indigenous Smoking (TIS) program as a whole.
The program evaluation is being used to assess the program’s appropriateness, effectiveness, impact, and efficiency, and to inform best practice learning and continuous program improvement.
The evaluation is being conducted in two stages, with stage 1 culminating in a Preliminary Evaluation Report in 2017, and stage 2 culminating in a Final Evaluation Report, due in mid-2018. A combination of monitoring data (data collected routinely as part of TIS program monitoring) and evaluation data (data collected specifically as part of the evaluation) is being used.
The Preliminary Evaluation found that the TIS program is operating effectively; using proven approaches to change smoking behaviours, and is delivering evidence-based local tobacco health promotion activities. It also makes a number of recommendations to further enhance outcomes from the program, which are directed at the Government, the Department of Health, and key program stakeholders.
More information on the program can be found on the Tackling Indigenous Smoking homepage.