Alison is a disciplined and outcome-orientated strategic research and evaluation professional with 20 years' experience. Alison works with government, academic and community sector clients to address social sector challenges for positive impact. She successfully delivers complex, multi-stakeholder projects, and provides customised social research and evaluation solutions using robust and effective methods.
Alison has substantial expertise working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and culturally and linguistically diverse communities in research and evaluation. Prior to joining UTS:IPPG, Alison served as Director of the Cultural and Indigenous Research Centre Australia (CIRCA) where she provided strategic leadership and built a culture committed to ethical and sensitive approaches, with a focus on co-design and collaboration, underpinned by the principles of reciprocity, respect, equality, responsiveness, integrity and transparency.
She has led and contributed to social research projects and major evaluations that provided strategic direction to policies and programs across a diverse portfolio, including health, justice, education, employment, alcohol and other drug use, tobacco cessation, immigration and citizenship, domestic violence and sustainability.
- Board Member: NSW Reconciliation Council (2015-current)
- Australasian Evaluation Society
- Australian Market and Social Researh Society
- Qualified Practicing Market Researcher (QPMR)
- 2015 Australasian Evaluation Society Indigenous Evaluation Award for Excellence in Evaluation for the evaluation of the NSW Aborginal Child and Family Centres for the Department of Family and Community Services.