Senior Research Specialist
Michelle Macvean is a Senior Research Specialist for the Research and Evaluation Portfolio, leading evidence reviews and large-scale evaluations on topics such as child protection, mental health, health, out-of-home care, education, parenting programs and services, and domestic and family violence.
Michelle works with government departments and organisations to help them access and develop an understanding of evidence, and to use evidence to drive policy and practice decision-making and change. Michelle’s skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, combined with advanced expertise in designing, conducting and delivering bespoke evidence reviews, allow her to address diverse research questions, contexts and requirements.
Projects that Michelle is involved in include the evaluation of the Taikurtirna Tirra-apinthi program for Aboriginal families with multiple and complex needs, along with the evaluation of the Virtual Residential Parenting Services, which is delivered by Karitane and Tresillian, and funded by the New South Wales Ministry of Health.
Prior to joining PRC, Michelle managed psychosocial research projects at the Heart Research Centre, the Centre for Behavioural Research in Cancer at the Cancer Council Victoria, and at the Centre for Palliative Care. Michelle also lectured and conducted research at the University of Melbourne and Deakin University.