Staff Information

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Capacity Building Coordinator
Naarm (Melbourne)
kate.r [at]

Kate is a values-driven manager of community projects and programs, with expertise in design, monitoring and evaluation. With more than 20 years’ experience working in the social sector, Kate has led projects in a diverse range of contexts including disability and community services, emergency management, volunteering, philanthropy, rural community development and technology.

Kate leads Lirata's capacity building stream, managing and delivering high-quality training, mentoring, communities of practice and sector-wide capacity building initiatives. As part of this Kate provides training and mentoring on a wide range of topics relating to program logic, theory of change, monitoring and evaluation design, data collection and synthesis, and project management.

Kate has led evaluation capacity building projects with diverse organisations including Council to Homeless Persons, Our Watch, Safe and Equal/Domestic Violence Resource Centre Victoria (DVRCV), and Melbourne City Mission. These projects have included participatory development of program theory and logic, large-scale Monitoring Evaluation & Learning Frameworks and simple evaluation plans. In addition to this, Kate has led and/or participated in the evaluation of programs and projects with organisations such as Safe and Equal, the Centre for Resilient and Inclusive Societies, Lort Smith, and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency. Kate has also delivered tailored, interactive training on program theory and logic, project planning and management, and monitoring and evaluation.

Prior to joining Lirata, Kate worked with the peak body for non-government disability service providers, National Disability Services (NDS). There Kate led the monitoring and evaluation of NDS’ three-year sector development project, which assisted organisations across Victoria to prepare for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and transform their businesses to operate within the new NDIS environment. Through this and other roles, Kate has developed extensive practical knowledge of participatory design, monitoring and evaluation approaches, and applied her knowledge via a range of methodologies and with diverse organisations and audiences.

Kate has also held substantial program and project management roles with a range of other organisations including Volunteering Victoria, Independence Australia, the Gardiner Foundation, the Victorian Farmers Federation, and Vision Australia.

Kate holds a Master of Business Administration which primarily focused on strategy and business research, and culminated in a major qualitative research project investigating Australian not-for-profit and corporate experiences of corporate philanthropy. Kate also holds a Diploma of Project Management and a Certificate IV in Community Services Disability.

Kate enjoys working with people from all walks of life to build a fairer, healthier society. She excels in bringing teams and stakeholders together to clarify their purpose, objectives and expectations, and to focus firmly on outcomes while mapping out a practical path forward.


2015 Master of Business Administration, Charles Sturt University
2011 Diploma of Project Management, College of Adult Learning
1999 Certificate IV in Community Services, Disability, Swinburne TAFE


Member: Australian Evaluation Society

Key service areas



Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning design
Evaluation capacity building
Evaluation needs assessment
Impact measurement design
Data analysis and reporting
Program and model design
Sector coordination
Training and mentoring


Community development
Education and training
Family violence
Housing and homelessness
Prevention of violence

Population groups

Young people

Working with Lirata

- current

Projects led by Kate

Other projects involving Kate