Poppy Wise is a specialist in public policy research and evaluation. She’s worked in research and evaluation for 15 years in the private and not-for-profit sectors, most recently advising on policy and programs in mental health, disability, domestic violence and community safety.

Poppy’s strong personal commitment to all facets of social and environmental sustainability means she has worked across a range of policy areas throughout her career. She has become an expert in the design and implementation of policy research and evaluations – especially for largescale, complex studies, and serves as the current NSW chair of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia.

Among recent highlights, Poppy lists her time leading a three-year evaluation of the $500 million Commonwealth mental health program, Partners in Recovery; developing the framework to assist Women NSW evaluate the success of their behaviour-change programs for domestic violence perpetrators; and her current work with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to improve energy equity for vulnerable households.

It excites me to help find policy solutions to complex social problems. I’m grateful my work lets me do something to help foster healthier and happier communities.