Staff Information

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Consultant (Evaluation Specialist)
Naarm (Melbourne)
katie.ronson [at]

Katie is a key member of Lirata’s evaluation team, with strong experience across multiple sectors including community legal services, homelessness and elder abuse prevention and response services. Katie is passionate about using evaluation as a tool to improve equity and increase the impact of social justice initiatives. She completed a Masters of Evaluation at the University of Melbourne in 2021.

Katie is from Aotearoa (New Zealand) but has been living in Naarm (Melbourne), working in the community services sector, for the last 14 years. Her past roles have concentrated on direct service delivery as well as evaluation, data analysis and reporting.

Prior to joining Lirata, Katie supported and led monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) processes for the Seniors Law program at Justice Connect. Her role included a particular focus on health justice partnerships, exploring how legal services can best partner with health and social services to deliver better outcomes for people and improve health equity. Katie also has strong experience in elder abuse prevention and response services, homelessness prevention, and services supporting refugee and asylum seeker rights. She has substantial experience working directly with people during challenging periods of their lives, and is passionate about participatory, inclusive, trauma-informed approaches to evaluation.

Katie works across all stages of the monitoring, evaluation and learning cycle, from development of Theories of Change and MEL plans, to data collection, analysis and reporting. She has strong skills in developing MEL systems and in facilitating participatory sense-making, and enjoys helping project partners build their capacity to take part in evaluations and use evaluation results to achieve organisational goals.


2021 Master of Evaluation (University of Melbourne)
2005 Bachelor of Arts (Hons) (University of Otago)


Member: Australian Evaluation Society

Key service areas



Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning design
Evaluation capacity building
Data analysis and reporting
Partnership review


Housing and homelessness
Justice and legal
Primary health

Population groups

Elderly people
Refugees & culturally diverse groups

Working with Lirata

- current

Projects led by Katie

Other projects involving Katie