Dr Allan Arnott

PhD

University Fellow

Dr Arnott has a background in adult learning and learning communities. Over recent years his research work has focussed on evaluating a range of projects situated in rural and remote northern Australia. In particular, his work and interests relate to working in Indigenous contexts using collaborative and participative multi-method approaches to evaluation. Recent projects include the evaluation of Indigenous family violence and differential response programs for the Department of Children and Families, and the evaluation of the Akeyulerre Healing Centre in Alice Springs.

Dr Arnott has worked in Northern Australia for more than 20 years developing evaluation methodologies that engage Indigenous research epistemologies and Aboriginal people in the evaluation of social policy at community, regional and policy levels. Dr Arnott is retiring and will continue to provide support to the growing theme of Evaluation of Social Policy in partnership with the existing and new researchers Dr Arnott will support the development of approaches that challenge the deficit assumptions of evaluation of Aboriginal programs and impacts on the construction of social policy in Indigenous contexts.

Dr Arnott supports the engagement of Aboriginal researchers in the research process and provides high quality supervision to HDR students. Dr Arnott is engaged in national and international evaluation networks and will continue to bring leading academics in this field to Northern Institute, to train staff and develop effective methodologies. He is also highly regarded by the Northern Territory Government agencies with whom he has worked over many years.

Research Interests

  • Adult community education
  • Non-formal and informal learning approaches
  • Community development
  • Participative evaluation and research methodologies
  • Evaluation ethics
  • Capacity development
  • Remote workforce development

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Research Projects

Selected Research Projects

2012 - 2013DCF Remote Area Rotation Initiative (RARI) Evaluation
2010 - 2012Targeted Family Support Scheme Evaluation, Northern Territory Department of Children and Families
2009 - 2010Violence Prevention and Intervention Services Development in the NT: Phases 1&2 Evaluation
2009 - 2010Akeyulerre Healing Centre evaluation
2008An exploration and evaluation of the initial phases of the Safe Houses/Safe Places program (an NT Emergency response program
2006 - 2007Evaluation of the Northern Territory Government Domestic and Family Violence Strategies, The Department of Chief Minister
2006 - 2009Evaluations of eight projects concerned with Indigenous Family Violence
2004 - 2005Cross-cultural Engagement Project – This project sought to improve cross-cultural engagement between natural and cultural resource management agencies and Indigenous communities. CRC Tropical Savannas 

Selected Consultancies

  • Development of an evaluation framework for the  Northern Territory Department of Justice (DOJ) that address high risk violent and sexual offenders unit.
  • Northern Territory Department of Health and Community Services - Reflective Practice training workshop.
  • Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL) UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand - Expert Meeting on Teaching–Learning in Non-formal Education, Bali & Darwin
  • National Centre for Adult Education and Community Learning (New Zealand) - Evaluation Processes for Community Organisations and Services.

Publications & Resources

Books

Arnott, A., Cameron, J., & Shaw, G. (2002). Tertiary Teaching: doing if differently, doing it better. Darwin, NT: NTUnipress.

Arnott, A., & Shaw, G. (Eds) (2001). Handbook for Non-formal Adult Education Facilitators. Bangkok: UNESCO PROAP.

Arnott, A., Clark, T., Clarke, L., Dembski, L., Henry, J., Langton, M., & Wells, J. (1998).  Djama and VET: Exploring Partnerships and Practices in the Delivery of Vocational Education and Training in Rural and Remote Aboriginal Communities. Darwin, NT: NTUnipress.

Book Chapters

Arnott, A., & Benson, R. (2001). Learning, change and sustainability: Exploring the learning processes of pastoralist stakeholders in the tropical savannas. In I. Falk (ed.), Learning to manage change. Leabrook, South Australia: NCVER.

Journal Articles

Arnott, A. (2003). Learning from the past: Implications for effective VET delivery of adult education services in the Northern Territory. Australian Journal of Adult Learning, 43(1), 43-72.

Arnott, A., & Torres, P. (1999). Educating For Uncertainty In A Changing World: Issues Within An Australian Remote Indigenous Context. Journal of Comparative Education, 32(2), 225-234.

Arnott, A. (1998). Evaluation For Community Based Organisations: A Discussion Paper. New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning, 26(2), 59-69.

Arnott, A. (1997). REAPing What You Sow: An Example of Community Education Practices and Processes in a New Zealand Context. New Zealand Journal of Adult Learning, 25(1), 26-40.

Conference Papers

Guenther, J., & Arnott, A. (2011). Legitimising evaluation for vocational learning: from bastard sibling to equal brother. AVETRA 14th Annual Conference: Research in VET: Janus – Reflecting back, projecting forward, Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria. 28-29 April 2011.

Guenther, J., Arnott, A., Bartjen-Westerman, C., Haynes, L., Howard, R., Kalender, L., & Watkinson, J. (2010). Working with non-government organisations: dropping the defences and building bridges.Refereed paper for the Australasian Evaluation Society: Reflecting on Evaluation, Wellington, NZ. 1-3 September 2010.

Guenther, J., Arnott, A., Davis, V., & Foster, D. (2010).  Two knowledges working together. Refereed paper for the AUCEA (2010). 7th Annual Conference, Launceston. 5-7 July 2010. Australian University Community Engagement Alliance.

Guenther, J., Williams, E., &  Arnott, A. (2010). The politics of evaluation: evidence-based policy or policy-based evidence. NARU public seminar series, Darwin. 30 November 2010.

Arnott, A., Tumminello, R., & Guenther, J. (2008). Case Study: Family Support Package: with particular reference to the expansion of Safe Houses and Child Protection Services – A Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) Measure, Charles Darwin University, Social Partnerships in Learning Consortium, 6 March 2009. Darwin.

Arnott, A., Benson, R., Crawford, K., Herbert, S., Leybourne, M., Shaw, G., & Speirs, R. (1999) Learning processes and the impact of change on pastoralists in the tropical savannas of northern Australia. In D. Eldridge & D. Freudenberger (Eds.), People and Rangelands: Building the Future, Proceedings of the VI International Rangelands Congress (vol. 1, pp. 377–378). VI International Rangelands Congress Inc, Aitkenvale, Qld.

Arnott, A., &  Benson, R. (1998). 'Learning processes of pastoralist stakeholders in the tropical savannas: research in progress', in Learning Communities, Regional Sustainability and the Learning Society: an International Symposium, Launceston, Tasmania, 13-20 June 1998, volume 1. Launceston: Centre for Research and Learning in Regional Australia.

Arnott, A., & Henry, J. (1998). VET research through partnerships with stakeholders, a paper presented at the AVETRA conference, February, Sydney.

Research Reports

Arnott, A., Guenther, J., & Cummings, E. (2010). Evaluation of the Northern Territory Targeted Family Support Service. Interim evaluation report for the NT Department of Health and Families. 

Arnott, A., Guenther, J., Davis, V., Foster, D., & Cummings, E. (2010).  Evaluation of the Akeyulerre Healing Centre. Report to the NT Department of Health and Families. 

Williams, E., Cummings, E., Guenther, J., & Arnott, A. (2010). ‘I’m here to support you’: Updated formative evaluation of the Remote Aboriginal Family and Community Program. Report for the NT Department of Health and Families. 

Guenther, J., & Arnott, A. (2009).  Evaluation of the Northern Territory Differential Response Pilot Project. Report for the NT Government.

Arnott, A., Cummings, E., & Guenther, J. (2009). Final Evaluation report for the Safe Places Program. Report for the NT Government.

Arnott, A., Guenther, J., & Williams, E. (2009). Towards an investment framework to reduce family violence in the Northern Territory, Volume 1. Report for the NT Government.

Arnott, A., Guenther, J., Tumminello, R., & Murakami-Gold, L. (2009). Findings from the evaluation of the Behaviour Change Program. Report for the NT Government.

Guenther, Arnott, A., Murakami-Gold L., & Tumminello, R. (2008). Findings from the evaluation of the Indigenous Family Violence Offender Program. Report for the NT Government.

Wearne, G., Guenther, J., Arnott, A., & Tumminello, R. (2008). Findings from the evaluation of the Raypirri Rom project. Report for the NT Government.

Guenther, Arnott, A., Murakami-Gold, L., Tumminello, R., & Shaw, W. (2008). Findings from the evaluation of the Safe Families Program. Report for the NT Government.

Arnott, A., Guenther, J., Murakami-Gold L., & Tumminello, R. (2008). Findings from the evaluation of the Jidan gudbalawei (Peace at Home) Program. Report for the NT Government.

Guenther, J., Falk, I., Arnott, A., Lucardie, D., & Spiers, H. (2008). Examining Learning Partnerships in northern Australia. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Guenther, J., Falk, I., Arnott, A., Balatti, J., Black, S., Gunn, J., Borgelt, K., Churchill, J., & Tyrell, A. (2007). The role of VET in Welfare to Work. Adelaide, SA: National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER).

Learning Research Group and officers from The Department of Chief Minister (2007). Evaluation of the Northern Territory Government Domestic and Family Violence Strategies. Report for the NT Government.

Falk, I., Guenther, J., Arnott, A., et al NTCOSS. (2004).  Creating effective pathways to employment and training for the employment disadvantaged in the Northern Territory.  Darwin, NT: Northern Territory Council of Social Service.

Arnott, A., Wright, T., Roman, C., & Falk, I. (2004). Koobenuh Gnutbi: Evaluation of the Kigaruk Men’s Leadership Development Program. Darwin, NT: Office of the Commissioner for Public Employment (OCPE).

Arnott, A., Smallacombe, S., & Wallace, R. (2004). Australian Defence Force Cadets Indigenous Participation Project – Research and Evaluation. Canberra, ACT: Australian Defence Force..

Arnott, A., Arbon, V., Ayre, M., Blohm, R., Grenfell, M., & Wearne, G. (2002). Negotiating Work: the Indigenous labour market in the Northern Territory. Darwin, NT: NTUniprint.

Arnott, A., Benson, R., Crawford, K., Herbert, S., Leybourne, M., & Speirs, R. (2001). More than can be said: A study of pastoralists’ learning. Darwin, NT: Zip Print.

Arnott, A., & Palmer, M. (2000). Teaching-Learning in Non-formal Education. Bangkok: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). 

Arnott, A., Cameron, J., & Shaw, G. (1999). Initially it was survival:  the study of a composite mode teaching and learning approach in rural and remote Australia. Darwin, NT: NTUniprint.

Arnott, A., & Torres, P. (1998). Growing it up with the Community: An evaluation of the essential services maintenance operators pilot project. Perth, WA: Aboriginal Affairs Department, Department of Education Employment Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA).

Arnott, A., Henry, J., Brabham, W., Clark, T., Ellis, B., & Torres, P. (1998). Informing New Apprenticeships through Indigenous specific training projects. Canberra, ACT: Department of Education Employment Training and Youth Affairs (DEETYA).

Working Papers

Arnott, A., Dunbar. T, Henry, J., Murakami-Gold, L., & Scrimgeour, M. (2003). CRCATH 1997-2003: Working towards change in Indigenous health research. Darwin, NT: CRC Aboriginal & Tropical Health.

Henry, J., Arnott, A., Dunbar, T., Mathews, S., & Scrimgeour, M. (2002). The Indigenous Research Reform Agenda: Promoting appropriate research methodologies (CRCATH Occasional Paper No. 11). Darwin, NT: CRC Aboriginal & Tropical Health.

Arnott, A., Dunbar, T., Henry, J., Mathews, S., & Scrimgeour, M. (2002). Changing research agendas: Institutional reform (CRCATH Occasional Paper No. 10). Darwin, NT: CRC Aboriginal & Tropical Health.

Mathews, S., Arnott, A., Scrimgeour, M., Dunbar, T., & Henry, J. (2002). Institutions (CRCATH Occasional Paper No. 9). Darwin, NT: CRC Aboriginal & Tropical Health.

Dunbar, T., Henry, J., Arnott, A., Mathews, S., & Scrimgeour, M. (2002). The Indigenous Research Reform Agenda: implications for health research practice (CRCATH Occasional Paper No. 8). Darwin, NT: CRC Aboriginal & Tropical Health.

Dr Allan Arnott

Contacts

E: allan.arnott@cdu.edu.au

Macleay Island, QLD

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