Fiona Hilferty

Senior Research Fellow

Dr Fiona Hilferty (BEd Hons, PhD USyd) is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), UNSW Sydney. Fiona has expertise in applied social policy research. Her work explores multiple social policy domains including mental health, child protection and homelessness. She has a particular interest in programs that seek to change long term outcomes for disadvantaged people through early intervention, and evaluation methodologies suitable for these distinct program types.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Evaluation and capacity building activities with Targeted Early Intervention providers in NSW, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Justice.
  • Homelessness amongst Australian veterans, commissioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Factors influencing intercountry adoption rates in Australia for the Department of Social Services.
  • Evaluation of headspace, the National Youth Mental Health Foundation, commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Health.

 

Books
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Hilferty F, 2008, Teacher professionalism defined and enacted: a comparative case study of two subject teaching associations, Original, VDM Verlag, Saarbruken, Germany
2008
Journal articles
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Hilferty F; Katz I; Van Hooff M; Lawrence-Wood E, 2020, 'How many Australian veterans are homeless? Reporting prevalence findings and method from a national study', Australian Journal of Social Issues, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.123
2020
Hilferty F; Katz I, 2019, 'Inter-country adoption in Australia: Examining the factors that drive the practice and implications for policy reform', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 54, pp. 76 - 90, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajs4.49
2019
hilferty F; Lafferty L; valentine K; Cale J; Zmudski F, 2018, 'Changes to home detention in South Australia: Evaluation design and early implementation findings', Advancing Corrections, vol. 5th edition, pp. 34 - 47, https://icpa.org/library/a-preview-of-the-advancing-corrections-journal-edition-5-2018/
2018
Cortis N; Hilferty F; Chan SE, 2011, 'Will they stay or will they go? Retaining managers in voluntary sector community services', Voluntary Sector Review, vol. 2, pp. 277 - 295, http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/204080511X608744
2011
Hilferty F; Redmond G; Katz I, 2010, 'The implications of poverty on children’s readiness to learn', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 35, pp. 63 - 71, http://www.earlychildhoodaustralia.org.au/australian_journal_of_early_childhood/ajec_index_abstracts.html
2010
Cortis N; Chan SE; Hilferty F, 2009, 'Workforce issues across the family relationship services sector: Models, responses and strategies', Australian Family Relationships Clearinghouse, pp. 1 - 22, http://www.aifs.gov.au/afrc/pubs/issues/issues5/issues5.pdf
2009
Hilferty F, 2008, 'Theorising teacher professionalism as an enacted discourse of power', British Journal of Sociology of Education, vol. 29, pp. 161 - 173, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425690701837521
2008
Hilferty F, 2008, 'Teacher professionalism and cultural diversity: skills, knowledge and values for a changing Australia', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 35, pp. 53 - 70, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF03246289
2008
Hilferty F, 2007, 'Contesting the curriculum: An examination of professionalism as defined and enacted by Australian history teachers', Curriculum Inquiry, vol. 37, pp. 239 - 262, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-873X.2007.00384.x
2007
Reports
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Hilferty F; Katz I; Van Hooff M; Lawrence-Wood E; Zmudzki F; Searle A; Evans G, 2019, Homelessness amongst Australian veterans: Final report of the AHURI inquiry, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/46540/AHURI-Report_Homelessness-Amongst-Australian-contemporary-veterans_Final-Report.pdf
2019
Searle A; Van Hooff M; Lawrence-Wood E; Hilferty F; Katz I; Zmudzki F; McFarlane A, 2019, Homelessness and its correlates in Australian Defence Force veterans, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0023/46580/AHURI-Report_Homelessness-Amongst-Australian-contemporary-veterans_Correlates.pdf
2019
Searle A; Van Hooff M; Lawrence-Wood E; Hilferty F; Katz I; Zmudzki F; McFarlane A, 2019, Homelessness amongst Australian contemporary veterans: pathways from military and transition risk factors, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute, Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/46581/AHURI-Report_Homelessness-Amongst-Australian-contemporary-veterans_Pathways.pdf
2019
Hilferty F; Katz I; Jops P; Challinor B; Talbot A; Evans G; Van Hooff M; Lawrence-Wood E; Zmudzki F, 2019, Homelessness amongst Australian veterans: findings from the qualitative interviews, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0025/46582/AHURI-Report_Homelessness-Amongst-Australian-contemporary-veterans_Qualitative-Interviews.pdf
2019
Hilferty F; Katz I; Zmudzki F; Van Hooff M; Lawrence-Wood E; Evans G, 2019, Homelessness amongst Australian veterans: using the Specialist Homelessness Services Collection to examine veteran homelessness, Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI), Melbourne, https://www.ahuri.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0026/46583/AHURI-Report_Homelessness-Amongst-Australian-contemporary-veterans_SHS-Collection.pdf
2019
Cale J; Zmudzki F; Hilferty F; Lafferty L; Whitten T; Doyle M; valentine K, 2019, Evaluation of Home Detention in South Australia: Final Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, https://www.corrections.sa.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/107961/Evaluation-of-Home-Detention-in-South-Australia-Final-Report.pdf
2019
Cale J; Hilferty F; Lafferty L; Zmudzki F; valentine K, 2018, Evaluation of SA Home Detention: research report 1 (baseline analysis), Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Sydney, Sydney, SPRC Report 21/17, http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/53/5a7a750ec5754
2018
Hilferty F; katz I, 2016, Literature review on factors influencing intercountry adoption rates, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 22/16, https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/09_2017/intercountry_adoption_literature_review_final_0.pdf
2016
Hilferty F; cassells R; muir K; duncan A; christensen D; mitrou F; mavisakalyan A; hafekost K; tarvedi Y; wingrove C; katz I, 2015, Is headspace making a difference to young people's lives? Final report of the independent evaluation of the headspace program, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney, SPRC Report 08/2015, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/Evaluationofheadspaceprogram_published.pdf
2015
Hilferty F; Muir K; Katz I; Christensen D; Mitrou F, 2015, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Stage 2 Progress Report 2, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2015
Hilferty F; Muir K; Katz I; Christensen D; Mitrou F, 2014, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Stage 2 Progress Report 1, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2014
Hilferty F; Muir K; Katz I; Wong M; Eastman C; Gendera S; Griffiths A, 2013, Independent evaluation of the headspace program: Stage 1 Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2013
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
Hilferty F; Newton BJ; Katz I, 2012, Preventing child abuse and neglect through a common approach to assessment, referral and support: Evaluating the trial (stage 2), Social Policy Research Centre UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report 07/13, https://www.aracy.org.au/documents/item/128
2012
valentine K; Hilferty F, 2012, Why don’t multi-agency child welfare initiatives deliver? A counterpoint to best practice literature, SPRC, NSW Ombudsman, SPRC Report 01/12, 1/2012, https://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/SPRCFile/2012_1_SPRC_Research_Report_multiagencyreview_FINAL.pdf
2012
Hilferty F; Katz I; Griffiths A; Nethery D, 2012, The Family Support Program: Partner Organisation Findings, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
2012
Hilferty F; Katz I, 2012, Best practice in placement of jobseekers with mental health problems, SPRC, Campbell Page
2012
valentine K; Adamson E; Bromfield L; Edwards B; Hilferty F; Katz I; McHugh MH; Gray M; Mcdonald M, 2011, Keep Them Safe evaluation framework: Final report. Report for: the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Social Policy Research Centre and Australian Institute of Family Studies, Sydney and Melbourne, http://www.dpc.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/125144/Keep_Them_Safe_Evaluation_Framework_Volume_1.pdf
2011
Hilferty F; Cortis N, 2011, Analysis of Workforce Indicators Suitable for the Ageing, Disability and Home Care Sectors, NSW Department of Human Services., Final Report prepared for Ageing, Disability and Home Care
2011
Hilferty F; Katz I; Newton B, 2011, Preventing child abuse and neglect through a common approach to assessment, referral and support: Evaluating the trial (stage 2) Unpublished Interim Report, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney
2011
Hilferty F; Cortis N; Eastman C; Katz I, 2010, Profiling non-government community services organisations in NSW: A summary report, prepared for Ageing, Disability and Home Care, Department of Human Services., Sydney, SPRC Report, SPRC Report 8/10, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report8_10_ProfilingNSWNGOs.pdf
2010
Hilferty F; Eastman C; Chan SE; Katz I; Cortis N, 2010, Profiling non-government community service organisations in New South Wales: Final Report, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, SPRC Report 12/10, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report12_10_NGO_Profiling.pdf
2010
Hilferty F; Mullan K; van Gool K; Chan S; Eastman C; Reeve R; Heese K; Haas M; Newton BJ; Griffiths M; Katz I, 2010, The Evaluation of Brighter Futures, NSW Community Services’ Early Intervention Program: Final Report, Department of Human Services, NSW
2010
Hilferty F; Mullan K; Eastman C; Griffiths MJ; Chan SE; Heese K; Katz I, 2010, Brighter Futures Early Intervention Evaluation - Interim Report 4, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, Report 3/10, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/
2010
Hilferty F; Mullan K; Van gool K; Chan SE; Eastman C; Reeve R; Heese K; Haas M; Newton B; Griffiths MJ; Katz I, 2010, The evaluation of Brighter Futures, NSW Community Services' Early Intervention program: final report, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, SPRC Report, SPRC Report 13/10, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/
2010
Tannous KW; Hilferty F; Griffiths MJ; Mchugh MH, 2009, Brighter Futures Early Intervention Program: Interim evaluation, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 11/2009, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/
2009
Cortis N; Hilferty F; Chan S, 2009, Workforce issues across the family relationship services sector: Models, responses and strategies, Australian Institute of Family Studies, AFRC Issues No. 5, https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/workforce-issues-across-family-relationship-services-sec
2009
Cortis N; Hilferty F; Chan SE; Tannous KW, 2009, Labour dynamics and the non-government community services workforce in NSW, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 10/09, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report10_09_LabourDyanamics_and_NGOs.pdf
2009
Hilferty F; katz I; Redmond G, 2009, The implications of poverty on children's readiness to learn: Focusing paper prepared for the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, The Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), https://www.aracy.org.au/publications-resources/command/download_file/id/146/filename/The_implications_of_poverty_on_Children's_readiness_to_learn.pdf
2009
Working Papers
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valentine K; Hilferty F, 2012, Why don't multi-agency child welfare initiatives deliver? A counterpoint to best practice literature, Social Policy and Research Centre, UNSW, Sydney, SPRC Report, http://dx.doi.org
2012

Social policy, program evaluation, evaluation design, qualitative methods

Hilferty F; Lawrence-Wood E; Katz I; Van Hooff M, 2019, 5,800 defence veterans homeless in Australia – that’s more than we thought, https://theconversation.com/5-800-defence-veterans-homeless-in-australia-thats-more-than-we-thought-123695
2019

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