David Roberts, MAsEval, BA(Hons), QPR Director

David has over 35 years experience in evaluation, community engagement and performance information systems. He has a Masters degree in Assessment and Evaluation from Melbourne University and an Honours degree in Anthropology from Adelaide University. He is also accredited as a Qualified Practicing Researcher (QPR) by the Australian Market and Social Research Society. He is a past President of the Australasian Evaluation Society and was Chair of the Awards Committee, responsible for rewarding professional excellence in evaluation.

He has worked across a range of sectors including ageing, disability services, education and training, food regulation, health, homelessness, national security, rural communities and social security. David has skills in both qualitative and quantitative methods and has participated in over 30 research projects, including three cross-portfolio policy reviews. Much of his work focuses on assessing and improving government programs; business structures; and business processes. David's other successes include helping organizations develop program logics; and providing advice on commissioning evaluations.

David has a commitment to quality and has published articles on qualitative research methods, consumer development and consumer participation.

David was born in Jos, Nigeria. His schooling started in Lagos; continued in Worthing (UK), and completed at Pulteney Grammar School (Australia). He attended Adelaide University and earnt his masters degree from Melbourne Univeristy.

Browse some of David's Publications and papers.


  • Master of Assessment and Evaluation (MAssEval), Melbourne University

  • BA (Hons) in Anthropology, Adelaide University.

  • Qualified Practicing Researcher (QPR), accreditation by the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS)

  • Certificate - Primary Health Care Advocate, South Australian Community Health Association.

  • Certificate - Primary Health Care, Health Industry Development Council

  • Certificate - Financial Management in Health, Health Industry Development Council

Awards & Appointments

2016 Rosalind Hurworth Prize for Best Conference Paper (Australasian Evaluation Society)
David was awarded the prize for his paper It ain't necessarily so: The implications of cognitive science for evaluation methods

His appointments include:

  • Board Member, International Organization for Collaborative Outcome Management (2018 -)

  • Member, Alliance and Advocacy Committee, Australian Evaluation Society (2016-)

  • Member, Learning and Professional Practice Committee, Australian Evaluation Society (2018-)

  • President, Australasian Evaluation Society (2012-2014)

  • Board of Trustees, International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (2012-2014)

  • Management Group, EvalPartners (2012-2014)

  • Chair, Awards Committee, Australasian Evaluation Society (2010-12)

  • Board of the Australasian Evaluation Society (2005-06)

  • Steering Committee, Hospital in the Home Evaluation, Canberra Hospital (1997-98)

  • Inaugural Chair of the ACT Health Advisory Council (1994-96)

  • ACT Health Goals and Targets Reference Group (1994)

  • President of the Health Care Consumers Association of the ACT (1993-94).

  • Board of the Riverland Youth Theatre (1991-92)

  • Foundation Vice President, Housing and Disability Forum, South Australia (1989-90)

  • Ministerial Reference Group on 'Licensing of Supported Residential Facilities' (1989)

  • Ministerial Advisory Committee (Home Assistance Scheme) (1985-87)

  • Board of Management, South Australian Council on The Ageing Inc. (1985-87)

  • Board of the Adelaide University Theatre Guild (1975)

  • President Adelaide University Drama Society (1975)

  • Secretary, Students Association University of Adelaide (1973)