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Programs or projects that are created based on a model or theory, or based on documented evidence, are known as evidence-based programs or projects. Those that are breaking new ground in areas where there is no evidence or models, will require rigorous evaluation to enable these new strategies to contribute to the evidence.

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Evidence creation takes on a phased approach that moves from emerging practice to promising practice to evidence-based practice.

It is important to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of programs; raising evaluation standards is a significant undertaking in most settings. In the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health there is the combined challenge of building evidence for a theory of change, while developing strong evaluation frameworks that involve culturally appropriate data collection methods.

Effective evaluation can also be challenging for some projects particularly in cases where they are breaking new ground and creating new evidence. Projects that are achieving sound outcomes are sometimes the same ones that have not found the time to document their model or theory. This is usually because organisations’ resources are stretched and they are focused on providing services.

This section of the portal contains a collection of programs and projects relating to tackling smoking and healthy lifestyles, that illustrate good practice and sound outcomes. Organisations and grant recipients are encouraged to tell their stories and capture their outcomes via the Contribute button on the home page of the portal. This will assist in building the evidence base of what works in smoking cessation across our nation.


Fowler, G. (2001). Evidence-based practice: Tools and techniques. Systems, settings, people: Workforce development challenges for the alcohol and other drugs field, 93-107

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Programs and projects are listed by title, but you can also select to list them by reach and focus.


Details and links (where available) relating to relevant programs, projects and lessons learned are collected here.

When you click on one of the headings of the table, the list will be sorted according to that heading. For more information about the program, click on the title.

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Title Reach Focus
Be Our Ally Beat Smoking (BOABS) Study WA
Bila Muuji smoking cessation project NSW
Dead or Deadly program NSW
Deadly choices QLD
Event support program (ESP) QLD
Give up smokes for good SA
Give up the smokes (GUTS) NSW
Keep it corka SA
KidsQuit Smoking Cessation Brief Interventions NSW
Maningrida smoke-busters NT
National tobacco campaign National
No more boondah ACT
No More Nyumree WA
No Smokes National
Quit for New Life program NSW
Quitline National
SmokeCheck QLD
SmokeCheck: the NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tobacco prevention project NSW
Social Media to Enhance Indigenous Tobacco Control NT
Tackling Indigenous Smoking Programme National
Talking About the Smokes (TATS) National
The Koori Tobacco Cessation Program NSW
Workplace Tobacco Management Project ACT
Yarning it Up - Don't Smoke it Up WA

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Last updated: 15 March 2017
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