Embedding the Model of Engaging with Communities Collaboratively (MECC) in the Jandu Yani U (For All Families) Project in Aboriginal communities of the Fitzroy Valley, Western Australia
This study evaluated the use of the Model of Engaging Communities Collaboratively (MECC) to guide the Jandu Yani U (For All Families) project, in which the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program was collaboratively adapted for use in very remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia. The communities’ responses to the MECC processes were evaluated through interview-style or selfadministered surveys, semiformal interviews, focus group discussions and storytelling. The MECC processes were acceptable across all groups (mean score 3.86 on a 5-point acceptability scale). Qualitative data supported and gave context to the quantitative findings, demonstrating the acceptability and utility of the approach. The MECC provided a valuable framework for Aboriginal community engagement, program dissemination and implementation of research.