Dr Tracy Westerman

Managing Director, Indigenous Psychological Services, 2018 WA Australian of the Year

“Never let go of your dreams” – Let’s cultivate environments in which expectations of success are normalised rather than expectations of failure

Dr Tracy Westerman is a proud Njamal woman from the Pilbara in WA and has recently been named as 2018 Western Australia’s Australian of the Year and inducted into the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology). Despite having to undertake her tertiary entrance subjects mostly by distance education, she is a recognised leader in Aboriginal mental health, cultural competence and suicide prevention achieving national and international recognition for her work. Dr Westerman is a widely sought after keynote speaker having delivered to over 40 national conferences and internationally in Canada (2003); the USA (2004), Auckland (2006 & 2007) and Wellington (2009). In 2005 the Canadian government sent a delegation to Australia to explore Dr Westerman’s work resulting in recommendations that the same approaches be adopted for Canadian Aboriginal people (Nunuvut Taskforce, 2006). She was then recognised by Canadian Health, 2009 for her substantial contribution to the field of Aboriginal youth mental health & has been cited in numerous reports highlighting her work as best practice. She has been an expert witness to numerous Parliamentary Enquires throughout Australia; developed unique tools enabling the identification of Aboriginal people at suicide and mental health risk. She has trained over 22,000+ clinicians in these tools and approaches meaning that they are then able to reach many thousands more Aboriginal people at risk.

Her most notable awards include:

  • Finalist in Australian of the Year 2018
  • WA Australian of the Year 2018
  • Inducted into WA Women’s Hall of Fame 2018
  • 40 under 40 Business Leaders Strategic Alliance Award
  • Suicide Prevention Australia Award for Emerging Researcher (2006)
  • The National Health & Medical Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship to investigate ADHD in Aboriginal people
  • NAIDOC National Scholar of the Year (2002);
  • Mark Liveris Award, Curtin University, Health Sciences for best Oral Presentation of PhD (2002)

Her message is that “there is nothing we can’t achieve as Aboriginal people if we believe in ourselves”.

David Fetterman

President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, USA

David Fetterman is President and CEO of Fetterman & Associates, an international evaluation consulting firm. He has 25 years of experience at Stanford University, serving as a School of Education faculty member, School of Medicine director of evaluation, and senior member of Stanford administration. Fetterman concurrently serves as a faculty member at Pacifica Graduate Institute,  the University of Charleston, and San Jose State University.  He is also a co-director of the Arkansas Evaluation Center. Previously, Dr. Fetterman was a professor and research director at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Principal Research Scientist at the American Institutes for Research, and a senior associate at RMC Research Corporation.

David is a past president of the American Evaluation Association. He received both the Paul Lazarsfeld Award for Outstanding Contributions to Evaluation Theory and the Myrdal Award for Cumulative Contributions to Evaluation Practice. Fetterman also received the American Educational Research Association Research on Evaluation Distinguished Scholar Award and the Mensa Award for Research Excellence.

Fetterman is the founder of empowerment evaluation. He has published 17 books, including Collaborative, Participatory, and Empowerment Evaluation: Stakeholder Involvement Approaches (with Rodríguez-Campos and Ann Zukoski),  Empowerment Evaluation: Knowledge and Tools for Self-assessment, Evaluation Capacity Building, and Accountability (with Kaftarian and Wandersman), Empowerment Evaluation in the Digital Villages: Hewlett-Packard’s $15 Million Race Toward Social Justice, Empowerment Evaluation Principles in Practice (with Abraham Wandersman), Foundations of Empowerment Evaluation, and Ethnography: Step by Step

Jane Davidson

Founder, Real Evaluation LLC, USA

Dr. Jane Davidson is best known for pioneering the increasingly popular Evaluation Rubrics Methodology, along with her various other refreshingly practical evaluation frameworks and approaches.

Originally from Aotearoa New Zealand, Jane is former Associate Director of The Evaluation Center at Western Michigan University, where she launched and directed the world's first fully interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation. She was 2005 recipient of the American Evaluation Association’s Marcia Guttentag Award, and serves as Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne.

Jane is currently based in Seattle, and is sought after internationally as a speaker, author, evaluation coach, workshop and webinar presenter, and creator of awesome evaluation frameworks and tools. 


Ingrid Burkett

Director, Yunus Social Business Centre, Griffith University

Associate Professor Ingrid Burkett is the Co-Director of the Yunus Social Business Centre at Griffith University.

She is a social designer, designing processes, products and knowledge that deepen social impact and facilitate social innovation. She has contributed to the design of policy and processes in a diversity of fields, including community development, local economic development, disability, procurement and social investment. Ingrid led the foundation of social procurement in Australia with a number of guidebooks and research reports. She is one of the co-founders of Social Procurement Australasia. She provided much groundwork for Australia’s entry into social and impact investment, having undertaken seminal research work whilst Social Innovations Manager at Foresters Community Finance, and then undertaking comprehensive reviews and blueprint development for initiating place-based impact investment in Australia. Ingrid has designed the foundations for a number of key place-based initiatives aimed at addressing entrenched disadvantage, the most notable of which is GROW, based in Geelong, Victoria. She is currently undertaking further work in regional NSW and in Southern Melbourne on similarly ambitious and ground-breaking initiatives. Her previous leadership role at The Australian Centre for Social Innovation involved building internal and external capability in design for social innovation, and leading TACSI’s portfolio of systems innovation work which focussed on shifting outcomes in relation to some of Australia’s most challenging social issues.

Ingrid has worked in the community sector, government and with the private sector and believes that each of these sectors has a valuable role to play in social innovation. She has worked in social innovation and design positions in the community development finance sector and in overseas development. Ingrid is a Past President and Honorary Ambassador of the International Association for Community Development and is committed to fostering an international dialogue about designing innovative methodologies for sustainable development. Ingrid has held a number of University positions, including most recently as Social Design Fellow for the Centre for Social Impact at the University of NSW and UWA. Ingrid has qualifications in Graphic Design, Social Work, Business and Community Economic Development. She has particular expertise in the design of economic processes and products and is recognised internationally for her work in social innovation, community economic development and finance.  

Gary VanLandingham, Ph.D

Professor, MPA Program Director, and Reubin O'D Askew Senior Practitioner in Residence, Askew School of Public Administration and Policy, Florida State University, USA

Gary VanLandingham currently serves as Professor, MPA Program Director, and the Reuben Askew Senior Practitioner in Residence with the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at the Florida State University. Previously, he was the founding Director of the Pew-MacArthur Results First Initiative, which works in over 30 U.S. states and local governments to build their capacity to use rigorous evidence and economic analysis to direct resources to evidence-based programs. Before joining Pew, he served as Director of the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability. He has over 35 years of experience in policy analysis and program evaluation at the state and local government levels.  

Gary has served as National Staff Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures, President of the Southeast Evaluation Association, Chair of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society, President of the North Florida Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, and as an advisory board member with the Government Accounting Standards Advisory Council and the Trust for Representative Democracy.  His professional service has been recognized with the Legislative Staff Achievement Award from the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Harry Hatry Distinguished Performance Measurement Practice Award from the American Society for Public Administration’s Center for Accountability and Performance.

Gary holds a Ph.D. in public administration and policy from the Florida State University. In addition to contributing to well over 1,000 professional policy analysis reports, he has published journal articles and book chapters on evidence-based policymaking, benefit-cost analysis, program evaluation and policy analysis, and government transparency.