Monitoring & Evaluation of the Indigenous Adolescent Sexuality Education Project

Project Type - Indigenous health, Program evaluation and review, Public health


The Department of Health, Centre for Disease Control SHBBV Unit (the Department) appointed HOI to develop, implement and manage a monitoring and evaluation framework for the Indigenous Adolescent Sexual Education Program (IASEP) in the Northern Territory.

The IASEP was a NT wide project which aimed to strengthen the capacity of the community, workforce and other partners in the delivery of culturally appropriate and holistic sexuality education for adolescents with a particular focus on Indigenous adolescents in more rural and remote areas.

To undertake a process, outcome and impact evaluation of the IASEP including the achievements in relation to partnerships, networks, and improved consistency in sexuality education. This included:

  •  evaluating and reporting on the appropriateness of the educational resources being utilised to deliver the IASEP
  • evaluating and reporting on the appropriateness of the educator training being utilised in the IASEP including the effectiveness of community engagement processes 
  •  evaluating and reporting on the appropriateness of the processes utilised for training ISAEP staff through a train the trainer model of education

Key components of the methodology included the following:

  •   Development of an evaluation framework based on information obtained from a capacity building workshop, situational analysis and literature review.
  •  HOI consulted with a broad range of stakeholders in relation to the IASEP Model and processes, the strengths and weaknesses of the educational resources and similarly the strengths and weaknesses of the train the trainer program.
  • Longer term monitoring and evaluation of the IASEP – including regular collection, analysis and reporting of data, consultation with the target group (community consultations) and other key informants, 6-monthly process reporting and final analysis and synthesis of findings.
  • Community consultations were carried out with trainers and the adolescents themselves in the following communities: Canteen Creek, Ti Tree, Maningrida, Yirrkala, Nhulunbuy/Ski Beach, Peppimenarti, Darwin, Katherine, and Ngukurr.

Independent reports were provided for each component of the program evaluated. An overarching final report was produced that assessed the effectiveness of the program against its stated objectives, barriers to sustained implementation and recommendations for future delivery.