As an Indigenous-led organization, the NB3 Foundation has always included Indigenous perspectives and approaches, but the full utilization of Indigenous perspective in evaluation was not fully incorporated until recently. In 2016, the NB3 Foundation’s Indigenous Health Model (IHM) was developed to reflect and guide NB3 Foundation’s programming, grant making, evaluation, research and capacity building strategies with Native communities. Utilizing an Indigenous lens, the model builds on existing Indigenous evaluation models and metrics that align with NB3 Foundation’s mission and core values. One example is the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s (AIHEC) five principles of Indigenous evaluation:
1) Indigenous knowledge creation—Context and use is critical;
2) People of a place—Respect place-based programs;
3) Recognizing our gifts—Consider the whole person;
4) Centrality of community and family—Connect evaluation to community; and
5) Tribal sovereignty—Create ownership and build capacity.
These principles were woven into NB3 Foundation’s Indigenous Health Model (spider web) which symbolizes the interrelated and collective strength of multiple elements that reflect a holistic view of health and wellness. Recognizing that when one part of the spider web is moved, the impact radiates across the entire web.