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 has become expert in the design and implementation of policy research, development and evaluations – especially for large-scale, complex studies.  She has worked across a range of policy areas throughout her career and has particular interest in the social determinants of positive outcomes for disadvantaged Australians. 

Among recent highlights, Poppy lists advising the Commonwealth Department of Health on the Fifth National Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Plan; working with the Referendum Council on the pathway to constitutional recognition; leading the evaluation for two of NSW’s Social Benefit Bonds – Newpin and Resolve; and leading the evaluation of the AU$500 million Commonwealth mental health program, Partners in Recovery.

Poppy is currently on parental leave. 

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.