SPEAR: The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis & Research Centre

Centre Description

The SPEAR Centre commenced in 2000 as a joint initiative between the Australian Government Department of Family and Community Services (FaCS) and the Economics Group in the Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU.

During the past years, SPEAR Centre, staff and affiliates have been active in introducing and promulgating modern program evaluation techniques into the broader Australian research community. Their commitment to the development and expansion of Australia’s capacity to undertake program evaluation has resulted in an active training program that promoted a firm understanding of current methods of program evaluation among interested policy makers and academics.

SPEAR staff

Executive Director
  • Adam Allanson

Adam has over 20 years of experience in economic, social and market research. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (First Class Honours) from the ANU and has been a Qualified Practising Market Researcher (QPMR) since 2004. Adam was a senior adviser in the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and held various economic analyst positions in the Commonwealth Treasury. He is currently a Board Member and Treasurer of the Australian Market and Social Research Society.

Between 2000 and 2005, Adam headed up the Performance Audit and Evaluation Division of a social research consulting firm. He then established Allanson Consulting in 2006 and provides evaluation, audit and analytical services to a number of Australian Government agencies. He has broad experience in quantitative and qualitative research, lectures Microeconomics 1 at the ANU and provides statistics training to government agencies.

Updated:  25 October 2013/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSE/ Page Contact:  RSE Webmaster