The Native Hawaiian Education Council has developed the Program Indicators System as a framework through which the impacts and outcomes of indigenous education programs funded under the Native Hawaiian Education Act (NHEA) can be evaluated, measured and understood.
A key responsibility of the NHEC is to assess and evaluate the impact of programs for Native Hawaiians including grants funded under this Act. The NHEC believes that the GPRA measures presently used by the U.S. Dept. of Education are too narrow in scope, are not culturally aligned with the Native Hawaiian culture and language, are not aligned with the principles of indigenous education, and are not in fidelity with the purposes for which the NHEA was created.
The framework was developed through a rigorous two-year-long process with the input of educators, evaluators, grantees and community members. As a result, the NHEC has adopted the Indicators System, which it believes is in harmony with the purposes for which the Native Hawaiian Education Act was created and that is aligned with the principles of indigenous education.
“Focus-of-services” indicates the area of learning, content knowledge or teaching methodology in or through which programs deliver services; “locus of services” indicates the type of participant to which or social arena in which those services are delivered.
The NHEC Indicators System’s four focus-of-services impact domains are:
- Mauli- Resilience & Wellness, Self-identity
- ‘Ike- Knowledge of Hawaiian Language, Culture, Values and Practices
- ‘Ike- Academic Achievement & Proficiency
- Kuleana- Employment, Self-sufficiency & Stewardship
The NHEC Indicators System’s four locus-of-services impact domains are:
- Kanaka- Individual/Group
- ‘Ohana- Family
- Kaiaulu- Community
- ‘Ōnaehana- System