PhD Research: Designing a culturally appropriate evaluation model for Oman's Research Council Road Safety research program

The first study identified the key characteristics of existing evaluation approaches that are based on western perspectives, which led to the design of model that could be explored for the Omani context. The appropriateness and validity of the proposed model was then explored through a fieldwork process in Oman and further refined utilising the fieldwork data obtained. It was identified that the socio-cultural perspectives and characteristics of Oman and its population had not been adequately considered. It was recognised as essential that the unique Islamic-Arab-Omani based cultural understandings of evaluation approaches needed to be integrated into the proposed model.

The second considered the impact and influence of culture, the opportunities and challenges of undertaking an evaluation within the Islamic-Arab-Omani context, and identified any specific barriers that could effect the successful implementation of the proposed model in Oman.

The research sought to create a unique, research-based model to evaluate The Research Council/Road Safety Research Program which is designed to fit the contextual situation that suits local conditions, the political framework, and prevailing culture of Oman.

Funding / Grants

  • QUT (2017 - 2020)