The Evaluation Team
The Social Policy Research Centre at the University of NSW has been appointed to assist Aboriginal communities to take part in the conversations
about OCHRE. The team are independent of NSW Government and independent of any government department.
If you want to contact the Social Policy Research Centre team, email Ilan.Katz@unsw.edu.au or
call (02) 9385 7810.
The team members are:
Professor Ilan Katz
Ilan is the professor leading the team working on the OCHRE conversations. Ilan is an experienced social worker and researcher and has led a number of projects looking at Aboriginal policy, including income management, Cape York welfare reform trials, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social and emotional wellbeing.
Ilan was born and educated in South Africa and spent many years as a social worker and researcher in the United Kingdom.
As the leader of this project, Ilan will come to each of the communities to talk to community leaders and organisations.
Michael is a Ngunnawal man from the Canberra region. Michael commenced as a Senior Project Manager with IPSOS Public Affairs, in December 2016. Prior to this, he worked with the Department of Social Services for nearly 10 years on the Longitudinal Study of Indigenous Children known as “Footprints in Time” where he worked with many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around Australia. Michael has over 10 years experience working in research with communities, families and stakeholders.
Michael will be talking with those interested in the Gumbaynggirr Aboriginal Language and Culture Nest at Coffs Harbour, the North West Wiradjuri Language and Culture Nest, the Opportunity Hub at Tamworth, the Murdi Paaki Assembly in far western NSW and the Three Rivers Regional Assembly in Central West NSW. He will be holding conversations about community experiences and be responsible for the analysis and reporting of data.
Associate Professor Bruce Bradbury
Bruce is an economist and statistician with more than 20 years’ experience in analysing social policies and programs. Bruce is responsible for analysing the information the team finds out about each of the Local Decision Making processes, Language and Culture Nests and Opportunity Hubs.
Dr Jan Idle
Jan is a Senior Research Officer at SPRC and is interested in participants’ ‘voice’, reciprocity and care in research. Prior to OCHRE, Jan worked as a researcher at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and completed a PhD in Social Policy, looking at children’s experiences of community in the city. Jan grew up on Noongar country and is of Anglo/Irish descent.
As a qualitative researcher on the team, Jan will conduct the analysis, listen to communities’ feedback and write reports for the OCHRE Evaluation.
Wendy was born in Redfern, Sydney, and is a proud descendant of Biripi and Yuin saltwater peoples of coastal NSW. Wendy has spent most of her life living, learning and working in Narooma (Brinja -Yuin) and holds Honours Degrees in Health Science from The University of Sydney majoring in Aboriginal Health and Aboriginal Community Development. Wendy has worked in the development of cultural programs for community health for over 30 years and her focus is Aboriginal Standpoint Methodology and Decolonising Discourse in Aboriginal research and program evaluation.
Ms Shona Bates
Shona has 20 years’ experience in policy analysis, project management, stakeholder management, quality assurance and risk management. Shona is the Project Manager and will assist in analysing the information the team finds out about each of the Local Decision Making processes, Language and Culture Nests and Opportunity Hubs.