Centre for Program Evaluation

The Centre for Program Evaluation (CPE) is a transdisciplinary evaluation and research centre that undertakes evaluations and research projects in the areas of education, health, social wellbeing and international community development.

The objectives of the CPE are to:

  • Teach and coordinate graduate courses in evaluation and teaching research methods in the school
  • Act as a thought leader for the practice and theory of evaluation
  • Undertake research and commissioned program evaluations on a consultancy basis across a wide range of policy and program areas

Our services:

If you would like to enquire about any of our services, please contact us at cpe-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au.

The Centre for Program Evaluation is home to a range of education experts and also works with PhD candidates fostering world class research.

Director

  • Professor Janet Clinton
     Professor Janet Clinton
     03 9035 3697
     jclinton@unimelb.edu.au

    Professor Janet Clinton is Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation and Director of the International Teacher Education Effectiveness Research Hub, at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. She has wide national and international experience as an evaluator, psychologist, and educator, and has an extensive publication record. She teaches a number of post-graduate subjects in the discipline of Evaluation - in the areas of quantitative and mixed methodologies. She supervises a number of PhD students in the area of evaluation. Janet has worked in Australia, New Zealand and the USA, and has been a principal investigator on many large complex evaluations and research projects.

    Recently she was the principal evaluator for the Australian Professional Standards for Teaching, and the Real-time captioning pilot in Victorian Schools. She currently leads the Visible Classroom initiative as well as directs the Teacher Capability Assessment Tool project. Overall, she has led over 100 national and international evaluation projects. Her major interest in program evaluation is the development of evaluation theory and methodologies. However, her evaluation work also focuses on development of teacher evaluation protocols, as well as using evaluation as a vehicle for change management and building capacity through extensive engagement with key stakeholders.

Academic Staff

  • Dr Amy Gullickson
     Dr Amy Gullickson
     03 9035 9682
     amy.gullickson@unimelb.edu.au

    Senior Lecturer

    Dr Amy Gullickson is a Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation. Amy teaches, advises research students and works on various evaluation projects. Over the last fifteen years, she has worked on evaluation and research projects in a variety of contexts, including academia, health care, education, business, not for profit, international development, and faith communities. Her primary areas of interest are integrating evaluation in organizations, and the relational aspects of conducting evaluation.

    Amy earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Evaluation from Western Michigan University in 2010, and joined the CPE team in November 2012.

  • Dr Ghislain Arbour
     Dr Ghislain Arbour
     03 9035 3843
     ghislain.arbour@unimelb.edu.au

    Senior Lecturer & Associate Director, Teaching and Learning

    Dr Ghislain Arbour is a Senior Lecturer and the Associate Director, Teaching and Learning in the Centre at Program Evaluation. Ghislain has a successful teaching record across a range of subjects and workshops and is currently involved in the development of a fully online version of the Master of Evaluation. He also supervises Master of Research and Doctoral students in the domain of evaluation.

    Ghislain holds a PhD in Public Administration from ENAP (National School of Public Administration) in Quebec, Canada, with a specialization in public policy analysis.

  • Associate Professor John Owen
     Associate Professor John Owen
     03 8344 8371
     j.owen@unimelb.edu.au

    Associate Professor John Owen, a former Director of the Centre for Program Evaluation, is interested in the application of various models and approaches to evaluation and the design of protocols that enable these models to be used effectively in organisations. He has a particular interest in the use of evaluation for accountability purposes.

    Another feature of John's recent studies has been to work with organisational leadership and management to improve the delivery of innovative programs, using the principle of sustained interactivity. This principle assumes that ongoing cooperation between evaluators and managers increases the use of funded knowledge in decision-making.

  • Dr Jon Quach
     Dr Jon Quach
     03 8344 1200
     asrutter@unimelb.edu.au

    Dr Jon Quach is a Lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Community Health Services Research Group at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Jon currently leads and works across a number of projects at CPE, as well as the Centre for Community Child Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

    Jon has eight years of research experience in program management and evaluation of health services provided by hospitals, maternal child health nurses, school-based health services and also community-based healthcare services.

  • Georgia Dawson
     Georgia Dawson
     03 8344 9278
     georgia.dawson@unimelb.edu.au

    Georgia Dawson is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation and has extensive skills in quantitative data analysis including item response theory, structural equation modelling and path analysis.

    Georgia's research interests include, prediction of performance through cognitive and non-cognitive variables, strategies that improve the classroom functioning of students, the influence of social/emotional factors on learning and the cognitive correlates of reading and reading development. She is currently completing her PhD in Educational Psychology, investigating the utility of mindfulness in improving learning outcomes.

  • Timoci O'Connor
     Timoci O'Connor
     03 9035 7963
     timoci.connor@student.unimelb.edu.au

    Timoci O'Connor has evaluation and research expertise in the fields of international development, public health and education, particularly in the Pacific region, New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asia. Tim has over 10 years' experience working with diverse populations and in various settings from community, private, government, NGOs, academia, and philanthropic organisations.

    Tim also coordinates, lectures and tutors into a range of subjects including Mixed Methods Research & Evaluation, Qualitative Methods for Evaluation, Health Program Evaluation, Developing Evaluation Capacity and Relating Health & Learning.

    Timoci is pursuing his PhD study exploring the use and feedback of evaluative information through information communication technologies.

  • Anthea Rutter
     Anthea Rutter
     03 8344 6304
     asrutter@unimelb.edu.au

    Anthea Rutter is an Investigator in the Centre for Program Evaluation and has extensive experience working with a wide range of community and national organisations. She is particularly knowledgeable and experienced in social research including education, mental health, police and military, emergency management and social welfare projects.

    Anthea’s current projects include the development of an evaluation and research toolkit for the Department of Primary Industry, a review of a family services alliance in the western suburbs, and  is also completing projects with Victoria Police, where she is involved in the review of curriculum delivery and training capacity.

  • Ruth Aston
     Ruth Aston
     03 9035 8350
     ruth.aston@unimelb.edu.au

    Ruth Aston is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation. Ruth has project managed several large-scale evaluations across Australia and internationally including the evaluation of the Australian Professional Teaching Standards.

    She has a background in public health, including working on a three-year national project investigating the workforce effectiveness of health promotion workers in New Zealand, and was awarded the Emerging Talent Award in 2014 by the Australasian Evaluation Society for her contribution to evaluation.

    Ruth has comleted her PhD studies, investigating the ways that social change is achieved in Public Health.

  • Associate Professor Ron “Kim” Keamy
     Associate Professor Ron “Kim” Keamy

    Associate Professor Kim Keamy is currently involved in a number of projects in the Centre for Program Evaluation, including the Assessment for Graduate Teaching,  Evaluation of the Differentiated Support for School Improvement Initiatives, and the MGSE Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity program.

    Kim's previous roles include as a primary teacher, initial teacher educator, and Director of Learning & Teaching. His major area of research has been in the field of educational leadership, other research interests includ creative pedagogies, arts-informed research methods, the use of online protocols and collegial conversations, and super complexity in higher education institutions.

  • Emily Qing
     Emily Qing
     emily.qing@unimelb.edu.au

    Emily Qing is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation.

    She currently works across a number of the Centre’s research projects in the areas of education and health, including Visible Classroom, the Evaluation of the International Baccalaureate’s Professional Development model, and the Evaluation of the Victorian Health Promotion Foundation’s Youth Engagement Initiatives.

    Emily holds a Masters Degree in education from the University of Melbourne. Her research interests lie in the area of initial teacher education, pedagogic practice, professional learning, mental health promotion, and learning interventions.

  • Ana Garcia-Melgar
     Ana Garcia-Melgar

    Ana Garcia-Melgar is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation.

    Ana is the Senior Data Analyst and provides support to a breadth of evaluation and research projects in the Centre. She has expertise in conducting mixed-methods and longitudinal research, and has coordinated and delivered research methods courses for postgraduate students and researchers.

    Ana holds a Bachelor of Psychology, a Master of Education, and is currently completing a PhD in Education. Her thesis investigates social and cognitive processes underpinning effective peer learning to enhance student learning, engagement, and success in higher education.

  • Luke Rowe
     Luke Rowe

    Luke is a Research Fellow at Centre for Program Evaluation and Lecturer at the Science of Learning Research Centre.

    Luke specialises in quantitative and experimental research in the areas of cognitive science, human learning, and group performance.

    Luke has completed completed undergraduate studies at La Trobe University and postgradaute studies in education and psychology at Monash University. In additon to over a decade of experience in clinical and management roles in Australia’s private healthcare sector, Luke is currently in the final stages of his Ph.D. exploring the role of human intelligence in social settings.

  • Rebecca Spratt
     Rebecca Spratt

    Rebecca Spratt is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Programme Evaluation.

    Rebecca has over 15 years experience designing and managing aid projects in the Pacific region, with a particular focus on the education sector. Her research interests are in comparative education, aid effectiveness in Pacific education and context-sensitive programme design.

    Rebecca has previously worked as manager of a design-based research intervention with 42 schools across three Pacific Island countries to improve literacy learning and language development. Rebecca holds a Masters Degree in Development Studies from University of Auckland, and Bachelor Degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from Victoria University of Wellington.

  • Katina Tan
     Katina Tan

    Katina Tan is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Program Evaluation.

    Having completed her Master of Teaching (Secondary) with the MGSE, she has been working  with the Malaysian Ministry of Education piloting public school transformation in a program known as the Trust Schools Programme.

    Katina has commenced her PhD studies, and is investigating student engagement and the impact of cultural factors on student achievement in Malaysia. Her other professional experience includes corporate financial management, strategic business planning and business operations support services.

    She contributes to several CPE projects, including Teacher Capability Assessment Tool (TCAT) and Assessment for Graduate Teaching (AfGT).

  • Hanchao Hou
     Hanchao Hou

    Hanchao Hou is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. He has expertise in designing, conducting and evaluating psychology training programs. Hanchao has a Master's degree in Psychology from Beijing Normal University, and  is currently pursuing his PhD at MGSE, researching the conceptualisation and measurement of wellbeing literacy.

  • Meg Stonnill
     Meg Stonnill

    Meg Stonnill is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. She has worked on a number of evaluation and research projects, including the Evaluation of the VicHealth Leading Thinkers Initiative. meg has a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne.

  • Oskar Weimar
     Oskar Weimar

    Oskar Weimar is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. He has as BA(Hons) from the University of Melbourne and has recently completed a Masters in Sociology at the University of Amsterdam.

  • Katherine Franks
     Katherine Franks

    Katherine is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. She has completed her Bachelor of Psychology (Honours), and is currently completing a Master of Psychology (Clinical Neuropsychology) at the University of Melbourne.

  • Chabel Khan
     Chabel Khan

    Chabel Khan is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. He has a BA from UoM and was a Kwong Lee Dow Young Scholar. Chabel is pursuing a Master of Social Policy, and his thesis aims to to contribute an conceptually robust framework to critical social policy analysis.

  • Emma Mildenhall
     Emma Mildenhall

    Emma is a research assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. She is currently finalising a Bachelor of Teaching/Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry. Emma applies her knowledge and skills of education theory and pedagogy across a variety of projects across the Centre.

  • Julietta de Guingand
     Julietta de Guingand

    Julietta is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. She has just finalised her Bachelor of Science (Majoring in Psychology) also at the University of Melbourne, and plans to pursue a Master's of Environments in 2019.

  • Lanxi Huang
     Lanxi Huang

    Lanxi Huang is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. She has completed her Bachelor in Psychology and Master (coursework and research) in Education and is currently completing her PhD at the Centre for Positive Psychology also at the University of Melbourne.

  • Allison Clarke
     Allison Clarke

    Allison is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation with expertise in Montioring and Evaluation.

    She has over 20 years experience in industrial research, probate research, and program development. Allison has completedd a Master of Evaluation, Graduate Diploma in International Development Practice and Bachelor of Science (Chemistry, Microbiology).

  • Katla Hower
     Katla Hower
     catharine.hower@unimelb.edu.au

    Katla Hower is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. She has completed her Bachelor (Honours) in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics and is currently completing a Master of Creative Writing, Publishing, and Editing.

  • Esther Kee
     Esther Kee
     esther.kee@unimelb.edu.au

    Esther is a Research Assistant at the Centre for Program Evaluation. She has completed a Bachelor of Science and is pursuing a Master of Engineering (Biochemical) at UoM. Esther works on a variety of projects, including TCAT and the Evaluation of the Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools programme.

Professional Staff

  • Stephanie Watson
     Stephanie Watson
     03 8344 8394
     cpe-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

    Centre Coordinator

    Stephanie Watson is the Centre Coordinator at the Centre for Program Evaluation. Steph completed a Bachelor of Education in 2009 and has over 10 years’ experience in administration, personal assistance and office coordination in the Education sector. She has worked in independent schools in Melbourne in personal assistant roles and in 2012 joined the Melbourne Graduate School of Education as a Placement Officer for the Master of Teaching. Steph has worked within the CPE since 2015.

  • Lee Kiong Au
     Lee Kiong Au
     lee-kiong.au@unimelb.edu.au

    Lee Kiong Au is the Senior Project Analyst at the Centre for Program Evaluation. He provides project management oversight for the Centre's research and evaluation projects, and administrative support for the Centre's operational processes.

    Lee has an Honours Degree in Science, Master of Biotechnology from the University of Melbourne, and is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. He has worked at the University of Melbourne since 2012, and the Centre for Program Evaluation since 2014.

    He is currently pursuing a PhD investigating Implementation in Education.

Contact us

Email: CPE-enquiries@unimelb.edu.au

Postal address

Centre for Program Evaluation
Melbourne Graduate School of Education
100 Leicester St, University of Melbourne
Victoria 3010