Using measures of wellbeing for impact evaluation: proof of concept developed with an Indigenous community undertaking land management programs in northern Australia

Larson, Silva, Stoeckl, Natalie, Jarvis, Diane, Addison, Jane, Prior, Sharon, and Esparon, Michelle (2018) Using measures of wellbeing for impact evaluation: proof of concept developed with an Indigenous community undertaking land management programs in northern Australia. Ambio. (In Press)

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Abstract

Combining insights from literature on the Theory of Change, Impact Evaluation, and Wellbeing, we develop a novel approach to assessing impacts. Intended beneficiaries identify and rate factors that are important to their wellbeing, their satisfaction with those factors now, and before an intervention. Qualitative responses to questions about perceived changes and causes of change are linked to quantitative data to draw inferences about the existence and/or importance of impact(s). We use data from 67 Ewamian people, in a case study relating to Indigenous land management, to provide proof of concept. 'Knowing that country is being looked after' and 'Having legal right/access to the country' were identified as important to wellbeing, with perceptions that Native Title determination, declared Indigenous Protected Area and associated land management programs have had a significant and positive impact on them. Further method testing might determine the utility of this approach in a wide range of settings.

Item ID: 53500
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1654-7209
Keywords: impact evaluation; Indigenous land management; life satisfaction; monitoring and evaluation; subjective wellbeing; Theory of Change
Funders: National Environmental Science Program (NESP)
Projects and Grants: NESP Project 5-3
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 22:43
FoR Codes: 14 ECONOMICS > 1499 Other Economics > 149902 Ecological Economics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9199 Other Economic Framework > 919902 Ecological Economics @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960699 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation not elsewhere classified @ 40%
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