Researcher

Dr Fiona Hilferty

My Expertise

Social policy, program evaluation, evaluation design, qualitative methods

Field of Research (FoR)

Biography

Dr Fiona Hilferty (BEd Hons, PhD USyd) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW Sydney. Fiona has expertise in applied social policy research. Her work explores multiple social policy domains including mental health, child protection and homelessness. She has a particular interest in programs that seek to change long term outcomes for disadvantaged people through early intervention, and evaluation...view more

Dr Fiona Hilferty (BEd Hons, PhD USyd) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW Sydney. Fiona has expertise in applied social policy research. Her work explores multiple social policy domains including mental health, child protection and homelessness. She has a particular interest in programs that seek to change long term outcomes for disadvantaged people through early intervention, and evaluation methodologies suitable for these distinct program types.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Evaluation and capacity building activities with Targeted Early Intervention providers in NSW, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Justice.
  • Homelessness amongst Australian veterans, commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Factors influencing intercountry adoption rates in Australia for the Department of Social Services.
  • Evaluation of headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health.

 


My Qualifications

Bachelor of Education (Hons), University of Sydney

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

 


My Research Supervision


Supervision keywords


Areas of supervision

HDR Completions:

BJ Newton, 'Understanding child neglect from an Aboriginal worldview: Perceptions of Aboriginal parents and human service workers in a rural NSW community' (2017).

Fiona encourages PhD candidates with an interest in social policy to contact her.

 


Currently supervising

Fiona is currently supervising Valeriia Kasatkina (with Natasha Cortis) who is exploring collaborative practice within the community services sector.


My Teaching

Convenor of SRAP5019, Changing Social Policy

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Location

203 Goodsell Building

Contact

+61 2 9385 7836
+61 2 9385 7838