En route to my stakeholder meeting this afternoon! This is for our project on improving services and support for vulnerable people at risk of reoffending. This has been a massive project that I have loved working on. This group of people are underserved and yet over policed. They want a second chance after a life time caught up by the criminal justice system. I interviewed service providers, judges, lawyers, case workers, executives of not for profit groups, academic experts, and of course clients. Everyone was so generous and thoughtful about how to improve programs for this cohort. Today we discussed the report I delivered a few weeks ago and the next steps winding down the project. I'm proud of our work.
We moved offices a few weeks ago. This is a welcome view!
Stakeholder meeting in Western Sydney! We discussed our second project on course enrollments. It's due to be wrapped up at the end of June, so it's time to start talking scaling up results of the trial and our media strategy. Exciting times, amidst a lot of transition.
Yesterday I went to rural New South Wales with a colleague to deliver a workshop. We discussed behavioural science concepts and a framework to eliminate risky behaviour during emergencies. A really great crowd of experts in the room with good ideas and passion to address the issue of community safety.
I was on a panel at the Science Pathways conference in Brisbane. The event was run by the EMCR Forum (Australia’s Early- and Mid-Career Researcher Forum). I spoke about how to use intersectionality to refocus diversity initiatives to be more inclusive. It was a wonderful event with interesting talks. The audience asked us thoughtful questions. I was asked how we can incentivise leaders to rethink notions of merit in science, as this often ignores structural disadvantages as career gaps. I discussed how ideas of merit rose when science and society were structured very differently, favouring men who relied on women's invisible labour and other differences. We need to rethink how merit has become exclusive. We also need to tie manager's career progression to the career success and satisfaction of underrepresented groups.
Meeting with partners on the last phase of our research project on education completions. We have the final dataset on all the people in our control and intervention groups, checking to see their enrolment outcomes. Our partners will undertake an audit to see who is still studying, who completed and who cancelled. We also discussed one final workshop to put together a rollout pack to help other campuses across the state use similar methods to keep learners engaged. Exciting times!