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Table 4 Critical appraisal of qualitative components of studies evaluating Indigenous community development projects (n = 29)

From: A systematic review of studies evaluating Australian indigenous community development projects: the extent of community participation, their methodological quality and their outcomes

First author (year) Data collection Data analysis Potential bias Implications
Qualitative only studies (n = 21)
 Gauld et al. (2011) [40] Little detail Not described Not described Generalised to far northern Queensland communities
 Green et al. (2009) [67] Detailed description, including interview questions Detailed description and linked to literature Not described Generalised to organisations working with Indigenous communities in Australia and policy
 McMurray (2012) [49] Detailed description of field work Not described Position of researcher described Implications for the funding agency
 Parker et al. (2006) [48] Not described Not described Not described Described for health promotion work in Indigenous communities
 Murphy et al. (2004) [41] Detailed description Not described Not described Appreciative inquiry methods and culture projects
 CLC (2012a) [60] Detailed description Description of who did analysis and triangulation Not described Described for organisation
 CLC (2012b) [51] Detailed description Description of who did analysis and triangulation Not described Described for organisation
 CLC (2012c) [61] Detailed description Description of who did analysis and triangulation Not described Described for organisation
 CLC (2012d) [62] Detailed description Description of who did analysis and triangulation Not described Described for organisation
 CLC (2012e) [63] Detailed description Description of who did analysis and triangulation Not described Described for organisation
 Taylor (2005a) [56] Little detail Not described Not described Generalised to comparable projects
 Taylor (2005b) [64] Little detail, mention of development of evaluation tool Not described Not described Described for future communities wanting to implement project
 Ramsay (2005a) [57] Little detail Not described Not described Generalised to Indigenous communities with comparable issues
 Ramsay (2005b) [68] Little detail Not described Not described Discussed for working with Indigenous communities
 Burchill (2005) [65] Very little detail Not described Not described Not described
 Higgins (2005) [52] Very little detail Not described Not described Not described
 Bromfield (2005) [55] Very little detail Not described Not described Discussed for practice
 Ramsay (2005c) [66] Very little detail Not described Not described Discussed for practice
 Tsey (2003) [69] Detailed description Detailed description Position of researcher is discussed Generalised to community development projects and practice
 Tsey et al. (2004); [39] Very detailed description Detailed description Position of researcher discussed Discussed for practice, policy and researcher
 Hunt (2010b) [59] Not described Not described Not described Not described
Mixed Methods Studies (n = 8)
 Hunt (2010a) [59] Detailed description of fieldwork Described Researcher position and bias described Described for organisation’s community development work
 Smith (2004) [53] Very detailed description Description of who analysed data, but not methods Position of researcher discussed Generalised to other communities, implications for project described
 Lee et al. (2008) [42] Detailed description Described Not described Generalised to communities with similar problems.
 Tyrrell et al. (2003) [43] Not described Not described Not described Discussed for practice and results
 Guenther (2011) [58] Detailed description Detailed description Position of researcher discussed Discussed for policy and practice
 Salisbury (1998) [44] Little detail Not described Researcher position discussed Generalised to health services in Indigenous communities
 Moran (2003/2004) [45] Detailed description Description of who analysed data, but not methods Researcher position and bias discussed Discussed for practice
 McCalman (2005) [54] Very little detail Very little detail Not described Discussed for practice
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