Andrew Anderson recently joined CIRCA as Director. Andrew has over 16 years’ experience of managing research and evaluation projects across a wide range of policy areas. He was most recently the Manager of Research at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Andrew’s experience includes qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and he has developed particular expertise in program evaluation across policy areas including child protection, aged care, disability, mental health, employment and justice. Andrew has substantial experience in implementing participatory approaches to evaluation and developing evaluation capacity within organisations.
Andrew brings considerable project management and high level policy analysis expertise to the development and management of program evaluation and research projects, and has substantial experience of leading high performing teams to successfully deliver on large scale programs of research.
Before moving to CIRCA, Andrew was responsible for developing and implementing the Royal Commission’s multi-million dollar research program. He was also responsible for overseeing the completion of a substantial component of the Commission’s final report. Prior to this, Andrew managed research and evaluation projects and teams within a number of private, public and not-for-profit organisations. He was previously the Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation at The Benevolent Society where he led the internal evaluation of a number of the organisation’s programs and implemented a large scale evaluation capacity building program within the organisation.
PRESENTATION: INSIGHT INTO SENSITIVE RESEARCH: ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Co-Presenter: Prof. Leah Bromfield
The Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse was unprecedented in terms of its scale and scope and its focus on generating research and evidence to inform its work and recommendations. During this session Professor Leah Bromfield (Co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection) who was the Professorial Research Fellow and Andrew Anderson (Director CIRCA) who was the Manager of Research at the Royal Commission will talk about the highlights and challenges of designing and implementing a four year research program spanning 100 projects across a vast range of topics. They will discuss how the experiences of victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse were placed at the centre of all of the Royal Commission’s work and the ethical challenges of undertaking research with this extremely vulnerable population group. They will also talk about the importance that was placed on using existing evidence through high quality evidence reviews rather than reinventing the wheel to minimise the research burden on survivors. They talk about the role of the Commission in generating new evidence that could inform policy and practice and the unique opportunities and constraints of undertaking research within a Royal Commission context.