Team Morale: What’s going on behind the scenes in teams?

In 2009, I completed my PhD research on the interactions and ways of working of practitioners carrying out different roles in the same setting. I explored how teachers, teaching assistants and speech and language therapists/pathologists navigate the tricky territory of negotiating how to do their jobs most effectively alongside each other in schools. This research … [Read more…]

Impact: What is it?

As an evaluator, an absolutely key part of my role is to identify ways to determine and demonstrate the impact of the projects, programs and/or social ventures that I work on. An impact of some sort, an influence or effect, is the objective of government-funded projects and programs and of social ventures including social enterprises. … [Read more…]

5 things I learned about evaluation in 2015

Happy New Year! In 2015 I marked my second anniversary as an independent evaluator. These two plus years have added immense knowledge and understanding of evaluation to my previous experience of working on evaluations as a Research Fellow at the Australian Health Workforce Institute at The University of Melbourne. Stepping out as a consultant in … [Read more…]

Community participation: mutually beneficial

Over the past three weeks I have had the privilege of attending three community events about oral health services for refugee communities. The stories I heard from the community members at these events about the oral health practices in their own cultures were amazing and insightful. I had many realisations about the Western medical model … [Read more…]

Community development projects: The Heroes’ Journey

In this era of the ‘personal brand’ and celebrating uniqueness, I delight in drawing together my own interests, skills and passions in my work.  As a consultant to the Public Health and Community Health sectors, I develop evaluation plans, conduct participatory evaluations, co-develop strategies and frameworks, support and coach project teams, and facilitate organisational and team … [Read more…]

What is evaluation, really?

Despite being an established health program evaluator, I am still discovering what evaluation really is and where its true potential lies. Evaluation is widely recognised as a necessary part of the funding cycle. In other words, where there is government spending and investment, there is evaluation.  This is a good thing but it is time for evaluation … [Read more…]