- To evaluate the revised Katherine Alcohol Management Plan (AMP) in collaboration with the Katherine Region Action Group (KRAG) and other key stakeholders
- Establish a procedure for monitoring implementation of components of the revised AMP using identified indicators of alcohol-related harm in the local community.
To create a framework that KRAG can use to monitor the implementation and outcomes of the revised AMP, and thereby to
- identify successes, failures and problems encountered in implementing individual components of the revised AMP
- monitor outcomes associated with the revised AMP in terms of alcohol-related harm
- report back to the local community, government agencies, other funding bodies
- if necessary, modify the revised AMP in light of findings from the ongoing evaluation.
In 2011-2012, under the Katherine Community Engagement Project, a Menzies research team collaborated with Professor Clare Martin, Charles Darwin University, in working with KRAG to revise the Katherine KAMP. The role of Menzies researchers was to monitor and document the process of revising the plan, while Professor Martin’s was that of a community facilitator.
KRAG has recently asked Menzies for assistance in monitoring and evaluating the implementation and outcomes of the revised KAMP. This process evaluation will build on the evaluation design used to examine implementation and outcomes of the previous Katherine AMP and will, among other things, enable comparisons to be made with trends and levels of harm identified in the earlier Menzies evaluation.
Implications for policy and practice:
The Katherine AMP is the first regional centre AMP to be endorsed by the current NT Government (November 2013). Therefore this evaluation is highly relevant and timely and could potentially inform future evaluations of AMP’s.
- Megan Whitty
November 2013 - September 2014.
- Katherine Region Action Group.