KJ is committed to on-going evaluation of its programs.

In 2014 KJ commissioned Social Ventures Australia (SVA) Consulting to measure the social, economic and cultural benefits generated through its on-country programs using a social return on investment (SROI) methodology. The SROI methodology assessed the benefits created during the FY10-14 period and the investment made to generate these benefits. The project involved consultations with 95 of KJ’s stakeholders, including 54 Martu rangers and community members, funders, community service providers and KJ management. In addition, SVA examined data collected by KJ and conducted secondary research on remote Indigenous communities. Environmental and health outcomes are out of scope for this project.

Impact of Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa’s on-country programs

KJ’s on-country programs have generated transformative change across the Martu communities. Over the last five years, the programs have produced a wide range of Martu (social and economic) and Jukurrpa (cultural) outcomes. The achievement of these outcomes is entirely dependent on the engagement of Martu on-country. The more time that Martu spend on-country, the greater the value created by KJ’s on-country programs.

Martu are the primary beneficiaries of the programs, particularly Martu who are employed as rangers. The most significant outcomes for Martu were reinforcement of traditional authority structures; maintaining connection to country; and less time in jail. The Australian and Western Australian Governments, private investors, and not-for-profit organisations operating in Martu communities have also benefited from the programs – through the ability to achieve their social, economic and cultural objectives, potential government cost savings (particularly in the justice system and employment services), and tax revenue increases.

The value of these outcomes has been modelled using financial proxies and other judgements including deadweight (what would have happened anyway), attribution (who else contributed to the change) and duration (how long does the change last for) to calculate the unique value created by the investment. The social value associated with the outcomes was estimated to be $55m for FY10-14 ($11m per annum).

Two-thirds of value accrued to Martu ($39m or 68%), including $17m (or 29%) was attributed directly to KJ rangers. The social value generated was approximately $48k for each ranger and $24k for each Martu community member over the five year period.

The WA and Australian Governments collectively accrued almost a quarter of the value created ($13m or 23%). The WA Government benefited significantly from a reduction in the number of Martu in jail (estimated $3.7m) – through community orders or reduced sentences – and a reduction in alcohol related crime (estimated $4.2m). The remainder of the valued generated accrued to other stakeholders ($5m or 9%).

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KJ is ready to progress its programs to a more professional level taking concepts of community leadership with it... the various communities that are running programs are looking to KJ Rangers to help develop its next generation of leaders.
— Deen Potter, Magistrate, Pilbara Region
When people go out on-country they say, “I’m here, I know who I am and I know where I come from, and I’m going to take charge of my life,” and in doing so, they’re dealing with the dysfunctional aspects of their lives and their families’ lives. So you’re dealing with the social issues that are going on in town – but you’re dealing with them out on-country – through a social, cultural and spiritual healing process.
— Darren Farmer, Martu Translator, Wiluna