Having formerly worked in both Commonwealth and state government agencies, Kate has over six years of experience in social and policy research, descriptive statistics and report writing. Most recently during her time with the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, Kate has been involved in a number of major evaluations in the areas of education and domestic violence, and has co-written reports on equal access to food and disability services.
Kate has a Masters in Development Studies and a Bachelor of Economics. She also worked as both a Policy Analyst in the NSW Department of Education and at the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Simoes dos Santos, P, Duxson, S, Burridge, N, Miller, K, Chodkiewicz, A, Ellinson, A & Goodall, A 2019, Evaluation of 'Breaking the Silence' Schools Program, UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance.
White Ribbon's Breaking the Silence Schools Program (BtS) is a primary prevention program that has been run in Australian schools since 2009.
BtS provides professional learning for principals and teachers to give them foundational knowledge, tools and strategies to encourage, enable and support respectful relationships and violence prevention in schools. This is delivered through an eLearning course, face-to-face workshops and an online resource hub and forum, which schools can use to implement events and strategies. To date, more than 500 schools have participated in the program.
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) was engaged by White Ribbon in 2017 to evaluate the BtS program and provide recommendations from this evaluation.