Dr Winterford has 20 years work experience working in the international development sector, in multiple capacities with Managing Contractors, NGOs, as a private consultant, and more recently in development research. She currently provides research and consultancy services for numerous government and non-government agencies in the development sector.
Keren's areas of expertise include research design in partnership, particularly with NGOs; participatory research; failitation and training; design, monitoring and evaluation; and strengths-based approches to development. She has a passion for enabling change processes where individuals, groups and communities realise and draw on their own strengths and assets to create their vision to change.
She has sectoral experience and expertise related to gender and social inclusion, citizen particiption, governance and social accountability. Her PhD thesis is titled “A strengths perspective on social accountability: informing citizen and state action for improved services and development”.
Keren has conducted research, evaluation and progrmming activities with: World Vision; SNV; Engineers without Borders; ChildFund, WHO, Cambodia Development Research Institute; Leeds University; ACFID, Mission Australia; DFAT, Secretariat of the Pacific Community; UNDP, The Asia Foundation; International Institute for Environment and Development; FemLINK; IWDA; RDI Network; Caritas Australia and Act for Peace.
Keren has worked in more than 20 countries:
East Asia (Cambodia, China, East Timor, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam); South Asia (Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan); Pacific Islands (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu); Africa (Democratic Republic of Congo [DRC], Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia); Indigenous Australia (Warlpiri Northern Territory, Western Desert Western Australia, Mornington Island, Queensland).
Keren also holds a PhD, University of Technology Sydney (2013); Master of International and Community Development, Deakin University, Melbourne (2001); and Bachelor of Economics (Social Science) Honours II, 1, Sydney University 1995
Can supervise: YES
Leahy, C., Winterford, K., Willetts, J., Nghiem, P.T., Leong, L. & Kelleher, J. 2018, 'Research collaboration for impact evaluation: A study of gender andWASH in central Vietnam', Development Bulletin, vol. 79, pp. 39-42.
Winterford, K., Gero, A., Robertson, J., Getigan, R., Asker, S. & Pratiksha, K. 2018, 'How child and youth participation links to development effectiveness: Findings from a three year joint agency research project', Development Bulletin, vol. 79, pp. 19-23.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Leahy, C., Winterford, K., Nghiem, T., Kelleher, J., Leong, L. & Willetts, J. 2017, 'Transforming gender relations through water, sanitation, and hygiene programming and monitoring in Vietnam', Gender and Development, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 283-301.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This article presents the results of empirical research conducted in Central Vietnam in 2016 into water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) initiatives. It uncovered changes in gender relations and power dynamics at both household and community levels, aiming to explore the extent to which both practical and strategic interests of women can be influenced and changed by WASH policies and programming. In particular, we were interested in assessing the impact of a Gender and WASH Monitoring Tool (GWMT), developed by Plan International Australia and Plan Vietnam, on women's strategic gender needs. In this article, we discuss the types of changes reported by women and men of different ages and ethnicities and the reasons for their occurrence. There were a wide range of reported reasons for change, with implications for our understanding of the relationship between changes in gender relations at the household and community levels. We also consider the relationship between wider shifts in social norms in the context of rural Vietnam. The Vietnam research highlights the roles that WASH initiatives can play in furthering strategic gender needs and hence promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. It also shows the importance of addressing Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 (on gender equality) and SDG 6 (on water and sanitation) together.
This article explores the notion of power within citizen–state relations. A
positive notion of power is presented as an addition to evolving
development discourse which has predominantly defined power as a
finite resource transferred from state to citizen in a process of ''changing
the balance of power''. A positive notion of power is concerned with
maximising and connecting citizen power and affirming state power, for
synergistic change. The article draws on development discourse and
practical examples to outline a positive notion of power, prioritising
relational dialogue and joint citizen state action for development outcomes.
Willetts, J.R., Asker, S., Carrard, N. & Winterford, K. 2014, 'The practice of a strengths-based approach to community development in Solomon Islands', Development Studies Research, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 354-367.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
This paper presents empirical findings from research undertaken in Solomon Islands to examine the use of strengths-based approaches (SBAs) by a group of non-governmental organizations (NGOs). A summary framework was developed to underpin the analysis, drawing on literature in social work, organizational management, community development, and international development fields. The paper employs this framework to reflect on the practice of six NGOs working in partnership in Solomon Islands over 2009–2014. The findings demonstrate alignment between the NGO practice in Solomon Islands and SBA philosophy and practice as described in the literature, particularly in terms of adherence to beliefs about innate community capacity, the need to draw on community resources to create change, and the delicate balance between a strengths focus and repression of problems that might need to be surfaced. The findings diverged from the literature in how NGOs saw their role. Whilst they saw themselves as facilitators rather than experts, they also saw the development process as a partnership between themselves and communities rather than community led. This paper contributes empirical evidence of the characteristics, complexities and limitations of implementing a SBA in Solomon Islands, including reflections on the tension between self-help and advocacy development strategies
Winterford, K.H. 2018, 'The offerings and challenges of transdisciplinarity for evaluation', The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2018 International Conference, Launceston, Tasmania.
Chong, J., Winterford, K. & Lederwasch, A.J. 2017, 'Community engagement on water futures: using creative processes, appreciative inquiry and art to bring communities' views to life', OzWater 2017, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Winterford, K.H. 2017, 'One step removed: Making sense of evaluating a governance reform project for climate change and disaster risk management in the Pacific', The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2017 International Conference.
Winterford, K.H. 2015, 'The Theory of Change approach in practice: lessons learned in evaluating an international advocacy campaign', Australasian Evaluation Society Conference 2015, Melbourne, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Willetts, J.R., Crawford, P.W. & Winterford, K.H. 2011, 'The place of appreciative approaches in evaluation', The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2011 International Conference: Evaluation and Influence, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, K.H. 2011, 'Evaluating for generative change: Citizen participation for accountability', The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2011 International Conference: Evaluation and Influence, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, K.H. 2011, 'What happened here...? Experiences of citizens and states increasing accountabilities for improved services', ACFID - Universities Linkage Network Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Winterford, K.H. 2009, 'Constructive Dialogue: Increasing citizen engagement and relational responsibility for the delivery of basic services', 2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference.
Winterford, K.H. 2009, 'Constructive Dialogue: increasing citizen engagement and relational responsibility for the delivery of basic services', Meeting the Millennium Development Goals: Old Problems, New Challenges, Melbourne, Austalia.
Leahy, C., Winterford, K., Kelleher, J., Leong, L., Nghiem, T., Hoa, N.Q. & Willetts, J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS. 2016, From practical to strategic changes: Strengthening gender in WASH. Final research report, pp. 1-54, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Winterford, K.H. 2016, Joint State Action Plan: Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia.
Winterford, K.H. 2016, World Vision's Global Advocacy Campaign Child Health Now: A review of the campaign model and contribution to World Vision advocacy capacity. Phase 2 Evaluation Report., Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, K., Downes, J. & Chong, J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney 2015, World Vision's Global Advocacy Campaign Child Health Now: A review of the campaign model and contribution to World Vision advocacy capacity. Phase 1 Evaluation Report., pp. 1-64, Sydney.
Winterford, K., Palmer, J. & Partridge, E. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2014, End of Activity Report: ACFID Mock Ethics Review: Process and Reflection Workshop, pp. 1-19.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
This report details the purpose, process and reflects on the learning outcomes of a Mock Ethics Review Process and Reflection Workshop held on 30 June 2014 in Melbourne. The document also presents numerous opportunities and challenges for the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and its members in providing guidance and support for NGOs in the conduct of ethical research and evaluation in development. The document captures ideas reported by workshop participants and also reflects on implications of the workshop learning outcomes for supporting NGOs in the conduct of ethical research.
Winterford, K., Ross, K. & Willetts, J. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2014, Water Safety Planning Equity Study: Synthesis Report of Four Case Studies in Asia, Sydney.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Prepared by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS for the World Health Organisation
Willetts, J.R., Carrard, N.R., Asker, S.A. & Winterford, K. Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS 2011, Exploring SINPA's strengths-based practice: A learning paper, pp. 1-27, Sydney, Australia.View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Gero, A. & Winterford, K. Federated States of Micronesia: Pohnpei Joint State Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change.