Tirkandi Inaburra Cultural and Development Centre (Tirkandi Inaburra) is a community-controlled regionally based residential facility for Aboriginal boys aged between 12 and 15 years who are at risk of contact with the criminal justice system. The facility hosts a culturally appropriate, strengths-based 3-6 month program to build resilience. The NSW Attorney General’s Department funds Tirkandi Inaburra and has engaged SPRC to evaluate its program. A multidisciplinary consortium has been established with the experience and knowledge required to evaluate Tirkandi Inaburra. This research project has two key purposes: a) to assist Tirkandi Inaburra in their conceptualisation and development of data collection tools for ongoing monitoring that will enable them to refine their policies and programs; and b) to conduct an outcomes study that will assess the effectiveness of Tirkandi Inaburra in achieving its objectives for participants, particularly in relation to education, social integration and involvement in the criminal justice system.
This project is being undertaken by a consortium of SPRC, Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, UNSW Faculty of Law, UNSW, Ted Noffs Foundation and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences Charles Sturt University, (Wagga Wagga).
NSW Attorney General's Department
Colleen Murray and MaryAnn Seymour (Tirkandi Inaburra), Lisa Jackson Pulver (Muru Marri Indigenous Health Unit, UNSW), Elizabeth Moore (Centre for Rural Social Research, CSU) and John Howard (Ted Noffs Foundation)