Social Research and Evaluation

Bowchung regularly undertakes mixed method, qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation projects. Our extensive network of consultants means that we have the capacity to coordinate and conduct large studies, with our most recent being 1400 survey respondents across 17 remote communities. We favour using local researchers and have a network of Indigenous researchers, some of whom only work in their own community, and others who participate in a wide range of Bowchung projects.

We regularly provide the following services:

  • Project design
  • Project management
  • Applying for ethics clearances from relevant human research ethics committees
  • Seeking permission from community organisations and individuals
  • Conducting fieldwork
  • Stakeholder consultations
  • Data analysis
  • Writing reports to be used for policy development
  • Presenting findings to mixed audiences
  • Writing plain language reports for dissemination to community members
  • Liaison with government on policy development and program monitoring issues
  • Longitudinal studies


Bowchung currently delivers extensive anthropological services in the Ngaanyatjarra region of Western Australia. We regularly contribute to the following:

  • Representing the interests of the Ngaanyatjarra people in negotiations with mining explorers for access to country and compensation;
  • Social impact assessments
  • Site clearances
  • Consultation on land management issues
  • Negotiation with government over land management issues
  • Project management
  • Working with Ngaanyatjarra people to facilitate their entry into employment in the mining exploration business

Young Mining Leaders

For the last three years Bowchung has worked with Ngaanyatjarra Council to develop and deliver the Young Mining Leaders project. The aim of the initiative is to engage the younger generation of Ngaanyatjarra people in an inter-generational process, which leads participants to individual development, employment and active involvement with their communities and the wider Australian society.
Bowchung has developed a model of running camps on country that respect and strengthen young people’s connection to country and creates a forum for discussion of difficult issues such as the lack of motivation to work, difficult relationships between the generations and young people’s place in looking after country. The project has also delivered training in first aid and four wheel drive, assisted people to get their driver’s licences and supported some people in employment within the mining exploration sector.

We deliver the following services as part of the Young Mining Leader program:

  • Program design and development;
  • Liaison with senior Ngaanyatjarra people on design and implementation;
  • Facilitation of case management of young people;
  • Liaison with mining companies on their input to the program; and
  • Organising and running camps for up to 80 people;
  • Research and evaluation