Lead Consultant

Dr. Ian Patrick has significant experience as an evaluation consultant.  In this work, he is able to draw on complementary experience in strategic planning and program design, organisational reform and governance, and conduct of focused research.  Ian brings to every role a high degree of professionalism backed by a strong commitment to ethical practice.  As an active member of the Australasian Evaluation Society, Ian’s work is consistent with the Society’s Guidelines on Ethical Conduct of Evaluation and Code of Ethics.

lead-img-1Ian established Ian Patrick and Associates in 1999.  His prior professional experience, on-going academic role and linkages with key research and community agencies provide additional depth and insight to his consulting work.  His professional experience includes roles as an academic, media professional, project manager, teacher and adult educator, and community development worker.

Prior to establishing his own company, Ian worked as a manager for a consultancy firm with responsibility for a range of large-scale international development projects for clients such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and AusAID.  His academic interests saw a shift into the university sector in program management, and teaching and research roles.  Ian is an Honorary Senior Fellow with the School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne and regularly contributes in teaching a course in evaluation.  He is also an Associate of the Centre for International Health at the Burnet Institute.  Ian has also worked as the evaluation focal point at the International NGO Training and Research Centre, Oxford UK.

Ian’s consulting experience crosses a range of sectors which supports ready adaption to different contexts.  Sectors of experience include human services, public health, education, law and justice, environment, community development, human rights and other civil society initiatives, the arts, disaster management, water supply and sanitation, rural and urban development, food security, and migration and Indigenous issues.

Ian brings to his work considerable cross-cultural experience gained through consulting roles with migrant and refugee, and Indigenous communities in Australia, and in developing countries. His experience crosses 29 countries, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

His work with Indigenous communities in Australia, for example, includes:

  • Evaluation of a national program aimed to improve civic education and voter participation of Indigenous people
  • Planning for evaluation of a university strategy aimed to widen participation of Indigenous students
  • Evaluation of initiatives in state and territory jurisdictions developing Aboriginal Sentencing Courts and Conferences, and supporting Aboriginal Offender Reintegration and Rehabilitation
  • Evaluation of a diversionary program in Victoria aimed at promoting Indigenous youth employment, training and reducing offending
  • Facilitator of an action plan designed to promote improved educational outcomes for Indigenous people in a regional area in Victoria

Examples of Ian’s cross-cultural work in an international development context include:

  • Evaluation of civil society strengthening / community development programs operating in Indonesia, Fiji, Samoa and the Philippines
  • Training of Indonesian public sector staff in monitoring and evaluation approaches
  • Development of case studies on outcomes of receipt of a scholarship to study a higher degree in Australia with Chinese and Mongolian public sector staff, and with Indonesian scholarship recipients who experience disability
  • Conduct of evaluations and project designs addressing HIV & AIDS at the community and policy levels in PNG and Indonesia.
  • Development of Strategic Plans / M&E Frameworks and with law and justice agencies in PNG and Fiji

Ian’s qualifications include:

  • PhD (Asian Studies) (La Trobe University)
  • Master of Public Health (Hons) (Wollongong University)
  • Bachelor of Education (University of Melbourne)
  • Certificate IV Assessment & Workplace Training (RMIT University)
  • Diploma of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (International House, Rome, Italy)