Patricia’s current research focuses on evidence-based policy, including documenting and learning from practice-based evidence, methods for evaluation of programs and strategies with complicated and complex aspects, and building organisational monitoring and evaluation systems.
Patricia has worked in public sector evaluation and research for more than 25 years, with government and non-government organizations (international, national, state and local) across a wide range of program areas, including agriculture, community development, criminal justice, early childhood, education, health promotion, Indigenous housing, international development, legal aid. She has worked on projects with the United Nations Development Program, World Bank Institute, Network Of Networks on Impact Evaluation (NONIE), Department of Energy (USA), the Office of the Presidency, Public Service Commission, Development Bank of Southern Africa (South Africa. Patricia has presented keynote addresses at conferences of the Australasian, Aotearoa/New Zealand, European, United Kingdom, South African and Swedish evaluation societies and associations and is on the Editorial Boards of the journals Evaluation and New Directions for Evaluation.
She has been awarded the American Evaluation Association’s Myrdal Award for Evaluation Practice, the Australasian Evaluation Society’s Evaluation Training and Services Award for outstanding contributions to the profession of evaluation, the AES Caulley-Tulloch Prize for Pioneering Literature in Evaluation and (with Sue Funnell) the AES Best Evaluation Study Award.
Patricia was previously Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Harvard Project on Schooling at Children (1997–98), Research Analyst at the City of Melbourne (1986-1988) and Research Coordinator at the City of Fairfield (NSW) (1984–86).
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