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Looking for practical solutions to quality assessment processes for grant and publication review in Aboriginal health
The Lowitja Institute is committed to influencing positive changes in the way research is undertaken in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contexts. This project supported organisational change, research reform and development activity within the CRCAH. It reviewed current approaches to the research funding process and investigated possible alternative pathways, in particular those which supported a collaborative rather than a competitive approach to funding research. A steering group guided the project and contributed to the research findings and input was provided by three Aboriginal-controlled health organisations: Danila Dilba, AHC SA and CAAC.
A literature review and in-depth interviews with 18 CRCAH stakeholders were conducted. The interviews sought stakeholders’ views on research funding processes and options for alternate approaches. A discussion document, supported by an extensive literature review, was provided to all participants prior to interview. An iterative process was used throughout the project, where the discussion document and interview schedule were revised as the findings emerged.
Fran Baum, Ian Anderson, Jackie Street