Lauren is a creative designer and evaluator. She loves working with people and helping them make their programs the best they can be. Lauren is adept at taking complex research and evaluation theory and practice and communicating it in a way that is easily understandable for a variety of audiences. She thinks a lot about the selection and implementation of research methods and the politics surrounding these choices. Lauren has a lot of experience conducting research and evaluation at the service level, working with program staff to improve data collection and inspiring them to be part of the evaluation process. She understands the importance of working with program beneficiaries to ensure their values are embedded into program design and evaluation, and to this end she is involved in the development of creative methods that involve program beneficiaries in the conduct of evaluation.
She is an adjunct with the School of Medicine and Dentistry at James Cook University. She has lived and worked in Sweden, Vietnam, Tonga, Sri Lanka, China, Nigeria, Tanzania, and South Sudan.