Ciara Smyth

Research Fellow
Senior Lecturer

Dr Ciara Smyth is a Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre, at UNSW Sydney. She has over 15 years’ applied policy and evaluation research experience, including project management, mixed method data collection, analysis and synthesis. She has particular interest in the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services.

Publications

Conference Papers
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Smyth C; Cass B; Blaxland M, 2008, 'So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', in So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers, Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, -
2008
Smyth C; Cass B, 2007, 'The costs of care/the benefits of care: a precarious balance? Considering the case of young carers', University of New South Wales, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, University of New South Wales, 11 July 2007 - 13 July 2007
2007
Smyth C; Mchugh MH, 2005, 'Exploring the dimensions of professionalising fostering: Carers’ perceptions of their fostering role', in Exploring the dimensions of professionalising fostering: Carers’ perceptions of their fostering role, 9th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, presented at 9th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 09 February 2005 - 11 February 2005
2005
Conference Presentations
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valentine K; Katz I; Cortis N; Smyth C; Cassells R; Eastman C; Shlonsky A; Duncan A, 2015, 'Determining the impact of child protection reforms: Lessons from the evaluation of Keep Them Safe', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 28 September 2015 - 30 September 2015
2015
Cass B; Brennan D; Thomson CM; Hill T; Michail S; Purcal C; Smyth C, 2008, 'Young Carers: Identifying supportive policies and programs - some ideas from the field', presented at Young Carers Workshop, Sydney, 02 December 2008
2008
Journal articles
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valentine K; Smyth C; Newland J, 2019, '‘Good enough’ parenting: Negotiating standards and stigma', International Journal of Drug Policy, vol. 68, pp. 117 - 123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.drugpo.2018.07.009
2019
Cortis N; Smyth C; Wade C; Katz I, 2018, 'Changing practice cultures in statutory child protection: Practitioners' perspectives', Child and Family Social Work, vol. 24, pp. 50 - 58, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12580
2018
Smyth CA, 2017, 'Maximising advantage in the preschool years: Parents’ resources and strategies', Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 42, pp. 65 - 72, http://dx.doi.org/10.23965/AJEC.42.3.08
2017
Smyth C; Craig L, 2015, 'Conforming to intensive parenting ideals: willingness, reluctance and social context', Families, Relationships and Societies, vol. 6, pp. 107 - 124, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204674315X14393034138937
2015
Smyth C, 2015, 'Getting Ahead in the Preschool Years: An Analysis of a Preschool Enrichment and Entertainment Market', Sociology, vol. 50, pp. 731 - 747, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0038038515577916
2015
Smyth C, 2014, 'Boost your preschooler's brain power! An analysis of advice to parents from an Australian government-funded website', Women's Studies International Forum, vol. 45, pp. 10 - 18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2014.03.011
2014
Craig L; Powell A; Smyth C, 2014, 'Towards intensive parenting? Changes in the composition and determinants of mothers and fathers' time with children 1992-2006', British Journal of Sociology, vol. 65, pp. 555 - 579, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-4446.12035
2014
Smyth C; Cass B; Hill T, 2011, 'Children and young people as active agents in care-giving: agency and constraint', Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 33, pp. 509 - 514, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2010.05.009
2011
Smyth C; Blaxland M; Cass B, 2011, ''So that's how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life'. Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', Journal of Youth Studies, vol. 14, pp. 145 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2010.506524
2011
Smyth C; Michail S, 2010, 'Exploring Young Carers’ Agency', Qualitative Research Journal, vol. 10, pp. 36 - 50, http://dx.doi.org/10.3316/QRJ1002036
2010
Cass B; Blaxland M; Smyth C, 2008, '‘So that’s how I found out I was a young carer and that I actually had been a carer most of my life.’ Identifying and supporting hidden young carers', Family Tax Benefit Part B: Where to from here?, vol. 14, pp. 145 - 160, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2010.506524
2008
Smyth C; Mchugh MH, 2006, 'Exploring the dimensions of professional fostering: carers` perceptions of their fostering role', Children Australia, vol. 31 (1), pp. 12 - 20
2006
Reports
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Robinson S; valentine K; Newton BJ; Smyth C; Parmenter N, 2020, Violence prevention and early intervention for mothers and children with disability: Building promising practice, ANROWS, Sydney, https://www.anrows.org.au/project/mothers-and-children-with-disability-using-early-intervention-services-identifying-and-sharing-promising-practice/
2020
Smyth C; Cortis N; Cama E; Giuntoli G; Breckenridge J; valentine K, 2020, Evaluation of 1800RESPECT – Final Report, UNSW Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5e4f1f2561956, https://plan4womenssafety.dss.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/1800RESPECT-Evaluation_20200219-wp-4496.pdf
2020
Smyth C; Katz I, 2019, OCHRE Local Decision Making Accords: Illawarra Wingecarribee Alliance Aboriginal Corporation, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 10/19, http://dx.doi.org/10.26190/5ce343832ba2c
2019
Cortis N; Smyth C; Powell A, 2018, A flexible workplace for all? Staff perspectives on flexible work at UNSW, UNSW
2018
valentine K; Zmudzki F; Fotheringham M; Smyth C, 2017, Early Review of the Specialist Homelessness Services Program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 03/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/59b1ef6c9d297
2017
Smyth CA; Gendera S; Giuntoli G; Hill T; Katz I; Asante D, 2017, Evaluation of Settlement Grants - Final report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 12/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5a370bda48d3c, https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/10_2017/compliance_guidelines-pdf_evaluation_of_se.pdf
2017
valentine K; Katz I; Smyth C; Bent C; Rinaldis S; Wade C; Albers B, 2016, Key Elements of Child Safe Organisations – Research Study, Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Sydney, http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/getattachment/5d988506-a260-4b7a-b5bc-4f5555f2d2ca/Key-Elements-of-Child-Safe-Organisations, https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/file-list/research_report_-_key_elements_of_child_safe_organisations_research_study_-_prevention.pdf
2016
Smyth CA; Katz I, 2016, Child Protection and Respectful Relationships Education and Best Practice in School Settings – Literature Review & Stakeholder Consultation, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2016
Wade C; Mildon R; Shlonsky A; Katz I; valentine K; Eastman C; Cortis N; Smyth CA; Forbes F, 2016, Practice First Evaluation Report, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0003/412662/Full-report-Practice-First-Evaluation-Final-Report.PDF
2016
Eastman C; Hill T; Newland J; Smyth C; valentine K, 2014, Thriving in Adversity: A positive deviance study of safe communities for children, SPRC Report Series, SPRC Report 30/2014
2014
Cassells R; Cortis N; Duncan A; Eastman C; Gao G; Giuntoli G; Katz I; Keegan M; Macvean M; Mavisakalyan A; Shlonsky A; Skattebol J; Smyth C; valentine K, 2014, Keep Them Safe Outcomes Evaluation: Final Report, NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Sydney
2014
Muir K; Hilferty F; Katz I; Mitrou F; Christensen D; Smyth C; Zubrick S; Lawrence D, 2013, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Evaluation Framework, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2013
Hill T; Smyth C; Thomson C; Cass B, 2009, Young Carers: Their Characteristics and Geographical Distribution, National Youth Affairs Research Scheme, Canberra
2009
Cass B; Smyth C; Hill T; Blaxland M; Hamilton M, 2009, Young carers in Australia, Deapartment of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
2009
Cass B; Smyth C; Hill T; Blaxland M; Hamilton M, 2009, Young carers in Australia: understanding the advantages and disadvantages of their care giving, Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra, Social Policy Research Paper, 38, https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/05_2012/sprp_38.pdf
2009
Smyth C; Eardley AC, 2008, Out of home care for children in Australia: a review of literature and policy, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Reports, Report 3/08, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report3_08_Out_of_home_care.pdf
2008
Smyth C; Eardley , 2008, Out of home care for children in Australia: a review of literature and policy (final report), 3/2008
2008
Davidson RT; Spooner CJ; Fisher KR; Newton B; Dadich A; Smyth C; Tudball J; Flaxman S, 2008, Indigenous Research Strategy: Working better with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Reports, Report 14/08, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report14_08_SPRC_Indigenous_Strategy.pdf
2008
Smyth C; Eardley AC, 2007, Out of Home Care for Children in Australia: A Review of Literature and Policy, Report prepared for the Australian Government Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, September 2006
2007
Siminski P; Thompson DA; Bittman MP; Chalmers JJ; Smyth C; Craig L, 2006, Factors Associated with Inter-state Differences in Fertility Rates across States and Territories and over Time, Report prepared for FaHCSIA, Australian Federal Government, Canberra
2006
Smyth C; Eardley AC, 2005, Retirees’ Use of Superannuation Payments, Final Report for the Department of Family and Community Services, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, July 2005
2005
Smyth C; Rawsthorne M; Siminski P, 2005, Women’s Lifework, Final Report, for the Commonwealth, States, Territories and New Zealand Ministers Conference on the Status for Women (MINCO)
2005
Mchugh MH; McNab JW; Smyth C; Chalmers JJ; Siminski P; Saunders PG, 2004, The Availability of Foster Carers, Final Report, with ? Prepared for NSW Department of Community Services, May 2004
2004