Strategic Planning and Design

During 2016 and 2017 Sarah has facilitated design processes and led on the development of disability, social inclusion and gender strategies for two Australian Government programs in Indonesia - PRISMA - the private sector partnership, and Australia Awards in Indonesia, which provides academic and professional development opportunities for Indonesians in Australia. 

In 2012 Sarah facilitated a strategic planning process with the Governance and Social Development Branch staff of the Australian Government’s Aid Assistance Program that was part of an organisational restructuring process. Sarah worked with the senior management and their staff to help form a shared understanding of their new roles and responsibilities and to agree work processes and priority actions in an environment where there were significant changes in policy direction and resources. 

In 2013 Sarah worked with the small overseas relief and development agency Anglican Overseas Aid (AOA) to help the Board and international program team explore options for future program priorities and strategies. Options and strategies for future directions were explored through a one day meeting that Sarah facilitated with Board members and staff. 

Since 2009, Sarah has worked with the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), the regional peak body for Disabled People’s Organisations in the Pacific. She has supported PDF form their five year strategic plan (2009 – 2014), and she has facilitated reflection and learning workshops with Board members and representatives of the member organisations of the PDF network from throughout the Pacific. Sarah has successfully used her skills and experience in inclusive participatory facilitation to ensure the process is accessible for all participants.  

Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E)

Sarah held a period offer for AusAID (2008 – 2013) and currently she is on DFAT’s Aid Advisory Services for activity monitoring and performance systems and activity evaluation. During the last 6 years Sarah has completed many evaluations for DFAT including of the Developmental Leadership Program and the International Research Partnerships. 

For four years she was the M&E Advisor for Australia– China Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program a human rights capacity development program managed by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) for DFAT. In this role Sarah has designed the M&E framework and tools with the AHRC staff, and supports data analysis and reporting. She recently completed a case study review of one component of the program. 

In 2014 Sarah led the review and provided advice on M&E to DFAT’s Africa Program. This involved working with the Canberra based Program Quality staff and staff in Africa. She assessed the standards of M&E for a range of program activities and provided advice on how to strengthen M&E processes and tools and the capacity of DFAT staff to manage and implement M&E as part of their program management responsibilities.

Sarah has led formative and impact evaluations for a range of NGOs in international development and for domestic in-Australia programs. Recently during 2016 she completed two evaluations for the Australian Government's programme in Indonesia the Australia Indonesia Partnership on Justice (AIPJ)  - on disability inclusive practice and on the women's anti-corruption network SPAK. She presented the methodology of this practice at the 2017 Canadian Evaluation Society conference. 

She is currently completing an evaluation for the international human rights organisation Amnesty International on their human rights education programme - Education  - Empowerment  - Justice (EEJ).

Program Design and Management

Sarah has recent practical experience of DFAT’s quality design standards. She has successfully led a number of program design processes that includes facilitating stakeholder consultations; drafting design documents; and preparing tender documents. This has been in the design of the Australian Volunteers for International Development, the Australia Awards in Mongolia and the Leadership for Development Program.

In 2014 Sarah facilitated the design proposal process for the Australian Governments’ Australian Afghanistan Community Resilience Scheme (AACRS).

 She worked with five international NGOs (Oxfam, Action Aid, World Vision, CARE, Aga Khan) and DFAT’s Afghanistan Country team supporting the design of the NGO programs to meet the quality standards and requirements of DFAT. She facilitated design meetings and a workshop with representatives of the NGOs, DFAT and the Government of Afghanistan, and reviewed and provided advice on all aspects of the design documents.

In 2017 she facilitated the AACRS Partnership workshop that brought together representatives from the Governments of Afghanistan and Australia and the five NGO partners. This two day meeting provided an opportunity to review progress, share learning, and agree and share activities that will be implemented during the final year of this phase of the scheme.

Sarah has supported designs for Australian NGOs funded through the Australian NGO Cooperation Program (ANCP).

Theory of Change

Theory of Change is an evolving concept in development practice. It is a central component of good program design and a requirement of effective monitoring and evaluation practice. 

Pamodzi Consulting works with organisations to help increase their understanding and more clearly articulate their program Theory of Change. This work has been done with the Australian Government’s (DFAT) Leadership for Development Program, the Afghanistan Country Program, for the Ending Violence Against Women program in Afghanistan and the Australia Award Program in Mongolia. 

A program Theory of Change assists in the design and implementing of robust program M&E. It offers a structure to apply practical ways to measure and test the assumptions and strategies that underpin the steps through which change and progress takes place. Pamodzi Consulting has incorporated the development of a program Theory of Change into the design of M&E frameworks including in the Australian Government’s Development Assistance Program in Uruzgan in Afghanistan, the disability inclusion component of the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice and the Australia China Human Rights Cooperation Program.

Value For Money

Sarah holds qualifications in Social Return On Investment (SROI), which she applies as part of the methodology used in program evaluations, for example in the evaluation of the youth online mental health service Reachout In recent evaluations Sarah has applied a simpler and more practical process to assess and report on Value for Money. Sarah is continuing to develop her thinking and approach to assessment of Value for Money at both program and organisational level and is keen to collaborate with others to progress thinking and practice in this area of work.

Private Sector

In 2016 Sarah designed the Disability Inclusion strategy for the Australian Government's private sector development program in Indonesia PRISMA. During 2017 she with her colleague and leader in the Indonesian disability movement, Joni Yulianto will provide follow up training and technical advice on disability inclusion to the program team and implementing partners.