Announcement of the NGO Research and Evaluation Capacity Building Grants Program outcome

NADA and the NSW Ministry of Health would like to thank all applicants of the NGO Research and Evaluation Capacity Building Grants. All applications demonstrated a keen desire to improve the capacity for research and evaluation in the NGO AOD sector. The Selection Committee made special note of the high calibre of applications received.

Overall, more than $1m of funds were applied for by more than 10 organisations, demonstrating a need within the NGO AOD sector for funds to build research and evaluation capacity.

Applications were received from a wide range of NGO AOD services in NSW with all but one covering regional areas of NSW. Of the six successful organisations, there was one Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation.

Successful Grant Recipients for the NGO Service Development Grants

The successful grant recipients are listed below, along with a brief description of the project to be undertaken.

Organisation Project description
The Haymarket Foundation Staff costs for an AOD researcher to develop a data strategy, mentor staff and support data literacy development as well as looking at establishing a new data management system and research committee.
The Buttery Staff costs for a research capacity building project that aims to create and establish a research and evaluation committee who will undertake training and commence at least one research project throughout the funded project.
Community Restorative Centre Funds for a licence to better support data collection and thus expand research capacity.
NSW Users and AIDS Association (NUAA) Establishment of a Lived and Living Experience evaluation working group to undertake an evaluation of NUAA’s Postal and Needle Syringe Program as well as addressing the gaps in Lived and Living Experience research engagement.
Ngaimpe Aboriginal Corporation Drawing on Indigenous learning methodologies, this project will embed a qualitative project to evaluate a 12-week Aboriginal controlled residential rehabilitation program, utilising a holistic view of health, expanding research capacity for the organisation.
Directions Health Services The grant funds will be used to complete the development of a bespoke assessment treatment and outcome measure systems to support automation of data extraction, capacity for advanced data analytics, streamlined discovery of trends and internal program evaluation with an inbuilt data dashboard for staff use.


NADA would like to thank the NSW Ministry of Health for their collaborative support in this grants program as well as the Selection Committee members for their involvement and expertise when assessing the applications.

The NGO Research and Evaluation Capacity Building Grants are funded by the NSW Ministry of Health via NADA as part of the Special Commission of Inquiry into the Drug ‘Ice’ implementation.

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