Delwyn Goodrick, PhD, is a psychologist who has been working as an academic and as an evaluation practitioner for the past fifteen years. She has extensive experience in teaching evaluation and social research to academics and to public sector practitioners.
During her tenure as an academic in Psychology at Victoria University during the early part of the 1990’s she developed postgraduate training programs in program evaluation and social research. While teaching these programs she undertook commissioned evaluations of public sector programs. These contracted pieces of work highlighted the importance of strong theory and explicit positioning in guiding practical program evaluation.
In the early 1990’s Goodrick took a seconded position in the Department of Human Services, during which time she established an evaluation support unit designed to foster capacity in evaluation within the public sector. Following on from this role she became an evaluation project manager at CIRCLE (at RMIT) working primarily on a large scale Criminal Justice evaluation and several smaller evaluation projects.
For the last four years Goodrick has maintained her own evaluation consultancy practice. She conducts evaluations of small and medium size programs and policy initiatives, and offers workshops to enhance the capacity of public sector workers in evaluation.
Delwyn Goodrick regularly presents 2-5 day workshops to a range of public sector agencies in Australia, including, the Department of Education and Training, Department of Environment and Heritage, Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Queensland Health, Southern Health, Multicultural Affairs Queensland, Legal Aid Queensland, NSW Health, and the Victorian Department of Justice.
She currently offers research and evaluation programs for the academic sector through the New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN), and The Australian Social Research Institute (ACSPRI) and has been contracted to conduct specialist research programs by a number of universities including, University of Western Sydney, Victoria University, Murdoch University, Curtin University, Central Queensland University, Waikato University, University of Otago and University of Auckland. Delwyn also conducts research and evaluation workshops outside of Australia for Rod Laird Organisation, a UK based training consultancy, and offers public sector programs on evaluation in Singapore and New Zealand.
Goodrick’s facilitation style is interactive and participatory. She has been actively involved in the Australasian Evaluation Society, and is currently the co-editor of the Evaluation Journal of Australasia (EJA).