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In April 2007 COAG agreed to establish a clearinghouse for evidence on what works to close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage. It is jointly funded by all Australian governments for five years under the National Partnership Agreement on an Indigenous Clearinghouse.
The Clearinghouse website provides access to the following evidence based material:
The Clearinghouse provides access to evidence based material on what works through:
Subject specialists are engaged to rigorously assess and summarise selected research and evaluations and rate the effectiveness of the particular activity or program.
The Clearinghouse maintains an online register of research and evaluation projects across Australia relevant to Indigenous outcomes (in progress or completed in the last three years). The focus of the Register is on projects commissioned or funded by Australian governments.
The Clearinghouse produces an annual paper on the gaps in the research and evaluation evidence for what works, with recommendations for addressing those gaps.
The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse uses the term 'Indigenous Australians' to refer to Australia's first people. This term refers to 'Aboriginal Australians' and 'Torres Strait Islander people'. The Clearinghouse Collections may contain words and descriptions that are culturally insensitive and not appropriate for contemporary use. Terms and annotations which reflect the author's attitude or that of the period in which the item was written may be considered inappropriate today.
Users of the Clearinghouse Collections should be aware that it may include images of deceased persons. In some Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, seeing images of deceased persons may cause distress or sadness and, in some cases, offend against strongly held cultural traditions.
Early childhood development: understanding the evidence to inform parenting, early learning programs and access to services for Indigenous children
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