Katy is a skilled researcher and curator of knowledge with experience advising clients across the education, government and not-for-profit sectors. She works at the intersection of evidence and design to create tailored solutions for complex problems. Her strong sense of curiosity and empathy drives her motivation for change and improvement. Katy was the lead researcher on Knowledge Society’s work with education systems in Australia to develop the Global Knowledge Consensus, a framework for education-system improvement and a curation of the best global evidence for ‘what works’ in education. She has a keen interest in effective implementation of evidence-based practice and policy.

Influential work

  • Reviewed the program design of an early literacy intervention and contributed to its growth strategy to achieve sustainable impact on student reading outcomes at scale.
  • Contributed to a transformation initiative for an Australian education system. Worked with educators to co-design seven prototypes to improve teaching and learning and created a new system-wide strategy for improving student outcomes.
  • Researched and curated Knowledge Society’s education system improvement model and helped convene a panel of global education experts to validate it.
  • Helped develop a three-year strategy to create parity for Indigenous Australians through sustainable employment and policy reform for a not-for-profit organisation.

Capabilities

  • Research analysis
  • Data analysis
  • Human-centered design
  • Co-design

Background

Katy has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Western Australia, where she received the UWA Excellence Award Fogarty Foundation Scholarship. In 2016 she completed her psychology dissertation at Curtin University, where she received the Lionel Kobelke Award for overall best performance in the Bachelor of Psychology. During this time she prepared a program evaluation for the Inspired Living Foundation’s Goldfields program, which exists to develop the leadership and life skills of young people and promote education.