SPEAR: The Social Policy Evaluation, Analysis & Research Centre
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.
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.