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
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Winterford, K, Giotis, C & Bain, C 2019, 'under review, Framing development: practical ways to represent complexity in development', Development in Practice.
Cunningham, I, Willetts, J, Winterford, K & Foster, T 2019, 'Participation and Power Dynamics Between International Non-Governmental Organisations and Local Partners: A Rural Water Case Study in Indonesia', Water Alternatives: an interdisciplinary journal on water, politics and development, vol. 12, no. 3, pp. 953-974.
Gender inequality, unequal power relations and discrimination are barriers that often prevent women, girls and people of diverse sexual and gender identities from equal representation and participation in many aspects of society. Addressing these issues in climate change programming is
crucial, given the ways in which climate change can amplify existing gender inequalities (CEDAW 2018). Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are already experiencing the impacts of climate change. Although the diverse cultures of the Pacific have adapted to severe weather over the millennia, the broad range and severity of climate change impacts require new interventions to ensure lives and access to basic rights are protected. All sectors and all levels of society—from local to national, rural to urban—require new ways of working to adapt to climate change. These new ways need to ensure that marginalised segments of society, including women, girls and boys, people of diverse sexual and gender identities, people with disability and indigenous people, are considered. 'Gender transformative climate change action' seeks to address some of these issues, by transforming underlying norms and behaviours, relations, systems and structures to ensure gender equality.
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.
Chong, J, Winterford, K & Lederwasch, A 2018, 'Community Engagement on Water Futures: Using creative processes, appreciative inquiry and art to bring communities' views to life', Water e-Journal, vol. 3, no. 3.View/Download from: Publisher's site
New approaches to engaging the community are needed to navigate the increasing complexity of planning urban water systems in the face of uncertain climatic, social, economic and political futures. This paper shares an innovative approach developed in collaboration between the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, and the NSW Government's Metropolitan Water Directorate. Our approach integrated futures visioning, Appreciative Inquiry and creative processes to engage the community on their vision for the future. Participants' visions were also informed by technical information about the urban water system. The approach produced three "futures scenarios", comprising annotated artworks and accompanying narrative statements
Leahy, C, Winterford, K, Willetts, J, Nghiem, PT, 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.
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: 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, JR, 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: 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
Megaw, T, Winterford, K & Ferdows Lipi, H 2019, 'Role of social accountability in promoting women's leadership and gender transformative change', RDI Conference 2019 Leadership for Inclusive Development, La Trobe.
Winterford, KH 2018, 'The offerings and challenges of transdisciplinarity for evaluation', The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2018 International Conference, Launceston, Tasmania.
Winterford, KH & Smales, P 2018, 'Partnering for more effective aid and development', The 2018 Australasian Aid Conference.
Winterford, KH 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.
Chong, J, Winterford, K & Lederwasch, AJ 2017, 'Community engagement on water futures: using creative processes, appreciative inquiry and art to bring communities' views to life', OzWater 2017, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, KH 2015, 'The Theory of Change approach in practice: lessons learned in evaluating an international advocacy campaign', Australasian Evaluation Society Conference 2015, Melbourne, Australia.
Winterford, KH 2013, 'A positive notion of power for citizen voice and state accountability', ACFID University Network Conference, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, KH 2011, 'Evaluating for generative change: Citizen participation for accountability', The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2011 International Conference: Evaluation and Influence, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, KH 2011, 'What happened here...? Experiences of citizens and states increasing accountabilities for improved services', ACFID - Universities Linkage Network Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Willetts, JR, Crawford, PW & Winterford, KH 2011, 'The place of appreciative approaches in evaluation', The Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) 2011 International Conference: Evaluation and Influence, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, KH 2009, 'Constructive Dialogue: Increasing citizen engagement and relational responsibility for the delivery of basic services', 2009 World Appreciative Inquiry Conference.
Winterford, KH 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.
Winterford, K, Megaw, T & Gero, A Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney 2020, Literature review of gender-transformative change and social accountability. Gender-transformative social accountability - Working Paper 1., Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.
In this Working Paper we explore 'gender-transformative change' as defined through a range of gender studies literature and current and emerging development practice and consider the application of this thinking to social accountability.
Winterford, K, Panday, PK, Baroi, HS, Ahsan, AHMK, Megaw, T & Willetts, J Prepared for World Vision Bangladesh 2020, Learning Report from the Nobo Jatra Program: Gender-transformative social accountability for inclusive WASH, Sydney.
Winterford, K & Laqeretabua, A 2019, Mid-term evaluation of the Strengthening Feminist Coalitions and Partnership for Gender Equality: We Rise Phase 2 project, Suva, Fiji.
Megaw, T, Winterford, K & Falletta, J Prepared for Act for Peace, OfERR, TBC, by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. 2019, 'I'm Prepared: Equality for Refugee Women in the Return and Reintegration Context' Year 2 Learning Report, Sydney.
Megaw, T & Winterford, K 2018, I'm Prepared: Year 1 Research Findings Gender Analysis, Prepared for Act for Peace, OfERR, TBC, by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney..
Winterford, KH 2017, How to Partner for Development Research, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, KH, Tupou, S & Hesaie, D 2017, End of Program Evaluation Fiji Community Development Program, Sydney, Australia.
Winterford, KH 2016, Joint State Action Plan: Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia, Chuuk State, Federated States of Micronesia.
Winterford, KH 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.
Leahy, C, Winterford, K, Kelleher, J, Leong, L, Nghiem, T, Hoa, NQ & 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.
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.
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, KH, Laqeretabua, A & Levin-Tevi, E 2014, Mid Term Evaluation Fiji Community Development Program, Sydney, Australia.
Prepared by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS for the World Health Organisation
Gero, A & Winterford, K Federated States of Micronesia: Pohnpei Joint State Action Plan for Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change.
Winterford, K, Megaw, T, Panday, PK, Baroi, HS, Ahsan, AHMK, Ferdows, HL & Roy, P 2020, 'Guidance Notes: Gender-transformative social accountability - Gender and Social Inclusion in Citizen Voice and Action in SHOMOTA'.