BA (Hons), MSc, PhD
Dr Ciara Smyth is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, at UNSW Sydney. Ciara has almost 20 years’ applied social policy and evaluation research experience covering a broad array of critical social policy issues. These include family and domestic violence, family disability support services, homelessness, parenting and drug use, child protection, refugee support services and immunisation policy. Her research program has direct policy relevance by informing and influencing policy decision-making. She has skilfully and successfully managed large scale evaluation research projects of government-funded services, which have had significant impact by informing policy, program design and service quality improvements. She has also made significant contributions to conducting research - research design, data collection, analysis, data synthesis - by applying rigour, adopting innovative research methodologies, and generating high quality research outputs that contribute to the knowledge and evidence base.