KJ delivers a suite of environmental, cultural and social programs. A study to assess the Social Return on Investment (SROI) of KJ’s programs was undertaken in 2014 by an external consultant. This study serves as a broad evaluation of KJ’s on-country programs. Approximately 54 Martu and another 40 external stakeholders were consulted about KJ’s programs and their outcomes.
The most significant outcomes for Martu were the reinforcement of traditional authority structures, the maintenance of connection to country and less time in prison.
The Australian and Western Australian Governments, private investors, and not-for-profit organisations delivering services to Martu communities also see benefit from KJ’s programs, which achieve Martu social, economic and cultural objectives, potential government cost savings (particularly in the justice system and employment services), and tax revenue increases.
KJ’s on-country programs were found to have generated transformative change across the Martu communities, with a wide range of social, economic and cultural outcomes. The achievement of these outcomes are primarily dependent on the engagement of Martu on-country. The study found that the more time that Martu spend on-country, the greater the value created by KJ’s on-country programs.
The value of these outcomes have been modelled using financial proxies and other judgements. The social value associated with the outcomes was estimated to be a social return on investment of 3:1.
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