Research and Evaluation

The science of implementation requires testing of models and approaches that include evaluation of more than just the effects of the program on individuals. Development of manuals, training and resources to support effective practice are a critical focus of the Let’s Start programs. Culturally adapted interventions should not be developed in an ad hoc way, but need a firm theoretical basis with ongoing supports to ensure that high quality practices are achieved and can be sustained.

In the Torres Strait, a Participatory Action Research Framework has recently been used to develop, implement and evaluate an adapted version of Let’s Start to a number of Island communities. The research models under trial entail quality improvement mechanisms that support reflective practice – and that are achievable in partnership between Menzies and participating schools and communities.

Evaluation of Let’s Start