Framing the Benefits of Indi Kindi

Indi Kindi evaluation

Report Summary

Deloitte Access Economics’ evaluation on the breakthrough education, health and social impacts of Indi Kindi, has demonstrated that the Indigenous-led early years program is equipping a generation of Indigenous children with the tools to break cycles of disadvantage.

A key finding of the evaluation was the impacts Indi Kindi has on the educational outcomes of Indigenous children.

For instance, in 2012, when Indi Kindi began in Borroloola, 75% of children were developmentally behind in their first year of school. Now more than a decade later, this figure has fallen to 34.2% as a direct result of Indi Kindi.

The evaluation highlighted Indi Kindi’s unique methodology that blends traditional cultural methods with established Western constructs, as an exemplar in the early years sector for Closing the Gap for Indigenous children.

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“When the features of Indi Kindi are compared against the features of early years programs known to be associated with the realisation of outcomes, it is revealed not only that there is close alignment but that in many respects Indi Kindi is an exemplar. Indeed, there are few, if any, examples of single programs that embody the features of leading practice in a remote Indigenous context as comprehensively as Indi Kindi.”

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Indi Kindi's Impact

Indi Kindi has successfully developed a model that has been driven by, and adapted to, the needs of the community. This model draws on local Indigenous leaders, employs local Indigenous women, fosters local Indigenous languages and culture, and operates outdoors on Country through a uniquely interactive ‘walking learning’ approach.

Factors that have been important in driving the success of the model include creating meaningful local employment, the longevity and consistency of the program, and creating partnerships with other community organisations.

Without further and more stable funding, Indi Kindi faces an unsustainable future and is at the risk of forfeiting the benefits it creates for the local community, which have been invaluable in addressing the unique challenges experienced in Borroloola and Robinson River.

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of children under 5 years attend Indi Kindi in the communities where it runs


of its local Aboriginal educators have been with Indi Kindi for over 4 years


the year Indi Kindi was founded by the Moriarty Foundation

Our Programs

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Indi Kindi

A locally-led early years program integrating health, wellbeing and education to give under five year olds the best start in life.

Indi Kindi evaluation report launch event

Indi Kindi celebrates new Deloitte Access Economics evaluation report

May 14, 2024

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Deloitte Access Economics evaluation shows Indi Kindi is Closing the Gap for Indigenous children

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