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Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary



Living with Alcohol in the Northern Territory Executive Summary

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Tabled Paper 633


Tabled Papers for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Marshall Perron


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The action plan will be firmly grounded in a research and evaluation plan which is being developed as an integral element of the action framework, and which interacts with, and shapes the program throughout its life. In keeping with the philosphy, research and evaluation will be practical, action focussed, participatory, outcome and client oriented. Existing research has provided us with an estim ate of the extent and costs of alcohol-related harm; an impression of the levels and patterns of harmful drinking among various groups in our society; an indication of the outcomes of approaches adopted to solve alcohol-related problems elsewhere and here in the Territory; and an appreciation of community feeling. If we are to invest our resources wisely, there is yet more we need to know - particularly if we are to succeed in the area of cultural change. As a basis, we need a dear definition of the major concerns of our community; what information different groups require and how it it is to be most effectively provided; who are the major target groups, what knowledge do they already have, what do they believe, and a more precise picture of who drinks what, where, how much, and why. We need to know more of the efforts that people have already made, both individually and in groups, to live with alcohol and reduce its harm - to learn from their successes and their failures, and to determine whether programs which have achieved success in other places are likely to be useful (and acceptable) in the NT context Evaluation can be viewed as a major component or outcome of the research program. Evaluation questions will focus on defining the precise purpose and role of each component and part of the plan; how much of each do we need, what changes may be required, why do they work or not, how do the component parts need to evolve as attitudes and issues change. What is going to happen? an evaluation and research plan is being developed to address the action to be taken within each component of the plan - culture, controls, care. expertise is being provided to agencies involved in program and service delivery to develop participatory evaluation plans which assist them to plan, assess, and direct their own programs and services, and which will contribute to planning, implementation, and development of the overall living with alcohol strategy. The action outlined above is founded in the philosophy of working together to share knowledge and cooperate in making decisions. CONTRIBUTION research and evaluation 4