Paula is a social researcher with over twelve years’ experience in social, government and communications research, providing social impact evaluation and advice to government departments and NGOs. 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 public opinion, behaviour change campaign, program evaluation and policy research.
Simoes dos Santos, P, O'Connor, G, Taylor, J & van den Nieuwenhof, A ALGT 2019, Expanding apprenticeships and traineeships in local government: a resource guide for councils, pp. 1-31, Report.
The UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance (UTS IPPG) on behalf of the Australian Local Government Training (ALGT) developed a resource guide for local governments after consultation with fourteen councils. This resource outlines apprenticeship and traineeship programs operating in councils, address opportunities and challenges with these programs, assist councils locating additional resources and provide practical information on policies and grants. Importantly, the resource was designed to complement existing actions, strategies and programs at the federal, state/territory and local government levels.
Simoes dos Santos, P, Duxson, S, Burridge, N, Miller, K, Chodkiewicz, A, Ellinson, A & Goodall, A White Ribbon Australia 2019, Evaluation of Breaking the Silence Schools Program, pp. 1-159, White Ribbon Australia.
The University of Technology (UTS) was engaged by White Ribbon Australia in 2017 to evaluate the Breaking the Silence Schools Program (BtS), which is a primary prevention program that has been run in Australian schools since 2009. The BtS program 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.
UTS developed the evaluation approach that integrates a suite of research methods and data sources from previous internal evaluations and program materials. The report presents the findings and recommendations from this evaluation.
Simoes dos Santos, P & Miller, K NCOSS 2018, Access to Healthy Food: NCOSS Cost of Living Report, pp. 1-40, NCOSS.
The Cost of Living 2018 report is the fifth in a series of reports focusing on the cost of living in New South Wales and its impact on people experiencing poverty and disadvantage. The report provides a snapshot of low-income residents in NSW and highlights the challenges households face in accessing affordable, healthy and nutritious food.
The research was based on an online survey conducted in May 2018 with 400 low-income households living in NSW.