Paula has over twelve years’ experience in social, government and communications research, providing evaluation and advice to government departments and NGOs in Australia, Brazil and Southeast Asia. Her research skills cover all aspects of qualitative and quantitative methodologies, data analysis, visualisation and storytelling.
Paula has led research and evaluation studies that involved sensitive topics in industries and areas of gender equity, families and communities, Indigenous Australians Affairs, healthcare, education, transport and infrastructure, sustainability, social housing and economic reform.
Her work has been focused on program evaluation, policy research, behaviour change campaign and communication development. She also worked at the UN Women Cambodia Country Office undertaking research assignments for advocacy purpose and policy development focused on women’s migration and labour laws.
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.
Simoes dos Santos, P, O'Connor, G, Taylor, J & van den Nieuwenhof, A 2019, Expanding apprenticeships and traineeships in local government: a resource guide for councils, pp. 1-31, Report.
Simoes dos Santos, P & Miller, K 2018, Access to Healthy Food: NCOSS Cost of Living Report, pp. 1-40, NCOSS.