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Karen is an experienced researcher and evaluator with a strong portfolio of work in the education and human services sectors.
Originally trained as a social worker, Karen worked as a researcher since 2008. Karen led Lirata's evaluation of Oakwood School, a multi-campus school in Melbourne's south-east which specialises in educational pathways and outcomes for young people who are disengaged from mainstream schooling. She contributed her research and evaluation expertise to a wide range of Lirata projects. Karen has a specialist focus on education but also worked on projects across many other fields including family violence services, youth and family services, housing and homelessness services, financial inclusion, community legal services and more.
Karen has strong skills in project management, research ethics and quantitative data analysis. She has excellent interviewing skills, and outstanding qualitative analysis skills, including in analysis of data from in-depth interviews and focus groups. Karen's experience as a practitioner and analyst in the health and community services field spans the acute health, mental health and family violence sectors. Karen also has strong experience in the education sector, both within Jewish Education and as a sessional lecturer in tertiary education. Karen worked as a teacher educator at La Trobe University from 2007 to 2012.