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.
Throughout her career, Paula has led research and evaluation studies that involved sensitive topics, in industries and areas of gender equality, families and communities, Indigenous Australians Affairs, healthcare and education.
Her work has been focused on public opinion, behaviour change campaign, program evaluation and policy research.
- Public policy and social impact evaluation
- Social research
- Quantitative and qualitative research
- Violence against women and their children
- Culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander audiences
This report evaluates the recovery programs specifically funded under the Commonwealth Government's Community Recovery Fund (CRF) provided to the Tasmanian Government in response to the Southern Tasmania Extreme Weather Event (STEWE). The extreme weather event occurred in May 2018 causing significant damage and disruption to the Hobart City, Kingborough, Derwent Valley, Glenorchy City, Huon Valley and Clarence City local government areas (LGAs).
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.
This report provides baseline measures of current activity, behaviours and attitudes of clinicians in Cancer Services towards smoking cessation interventions and support, prior to the implementation of the Smoking Cessation brief interventions Framework.
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 & 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.