Closing the Gap Clearinghouse

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Name: Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
Type: Government research and information clearinghouse
Established: 2009
Focus: Addressing Indigenous Disadvantage
Chair: Emeritus Professor Meredith Edwards, University of Canberra
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Closing the Gap Clearinghouse provides evidence-based research on overcoming disadvantage for Indigenous Australians.

Established by COAG (The Council of Australian Governments) and jointly funded by all Australian governments for five years, the Clearinghouse provides access to a collection of quality information on what works to overcome Indigenous disadvantage. It provides policy makers and program managers with an evidence base for achieving the Closing the Gap targets and related Indigenous reforms.

Working in the areas of health, education and employment, the Clearinghouse aims to:

  • Build a cumulative evidence base for what works to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage
  • Improve access by policy makers, service providers, and the general public to evidence on best practice and success factors to close the gap in Indigenous disadvantage
  • Rigorously assess the evidence for policies and interventions aimed at closing the gap in Indigenous disadvantage
  • Improve the coordination of research and evaluation efforts across Australia
  • Identify gaps in the available evidence on what works to close the gaps in Indigenous disadvantage

You can search or browse the collection.

The Department of Families, Housing Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (on behalf of the Commonwealth) engaged the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare (AIHW) to deliver the Clearinghouse services. This is being done in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

The Clearinghouse is managed by a Board, appointed by The Hon. Jenny Macklin MP, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, and a Scientific Reference Group. It also employs subject specialists in early childhood, schooling, health, economic participation, safe communities, and governance and leadership.

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