Dr. Kathryn Erskine


About Kathryn

Combining academic rigour with a practical ‘can-do’ approach, Kathryn is committed to delivering evidence-based change that improves the lives of Australians.

Kathryn brings a depth and breadth of experience in the public, private and not for profit sectors, specialising in program review and evaluation. She has delivered multiple evaluations – of varying scale and complexity – across the health, human services, education and justice sectors, and has experience embedding evaluation capability in-house. Kathryn’s technical experience coupled with ‘on-the-job’ learning underpins her passion for practical evaluation, and she is skilled across developmental approaches, agile methodologies and digital evaluation.

Much of Kathryn’s work has been focused on improving outcomes for vulnerable cohorts, including children and young people; people with complex or challenging needs, and those experiencing family violence. With this lens, Kathryn brings ethical rigour and a sensitive approach to stakeholder engagement, and is highly skilled at designing and conducting tailored engagement methods compliant with Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). 

When she’s not working, Kathryn loves being outdoors: hiking, camping and/or running. She has completed several marathons, although it’s her 18-month son that gives her the “run-around” these days!

Experience  |  Highlights

Kathryn's recent work includes:
  • Project managed the first evaluation of The Orange Door, ensuring a no-wrong door approach for those experiencing family violence.

  • Supporting mental health reforms in schools, specifically designing and implementing a tool to help schools assess and improve students wellbeing.

  • Setting up and leading evaluations in the digital health portfolio for Movember.

  • Managing a national evaluation of in-home education and child care (IHC) for the Commonwealth Government, including future directions for program delivery.

  • Conducting an evaluation of court reforms which support victims to give evidence remotely.

  • Delivering business support for rural and remote childcare services transitioning from grant funding to mainstream arrangements.

Education | Accreditation

  • PhD (Cultural Geography), Cardiff University

  • MSc (Social Science Research Methods), Cardiff University

  • BSc (Human Geography and Planning), Cardiff University

  • Member of the AES (Australian Evaluation Society)