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The need to develop effective processes to align programs and policy with community needs and values is increasingly being seen as critical to the practical and political success of government initiatives. This is particularly true in Indigenous health where implementation failure has been attributed to lack of recognition of the processes and outcomes considered useful and important by Indigenous communities, that is their values. The main response to this concern has been a proliferation of locally based initiatives to address health and welfare issues. However, there has been little attention to how community values can be incorporated at higher policy levels or the extent to which these policy environments support or constrain local initiatives.
The aim of this project is to develop a theoretical framework for analysis of agreements and planning processes in Indigenous health, particularly in relation to how they operate as mechanisms to support community participation in higher level policy. It will draw upon social network analysis to assess the processes of developing agreements.
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