Fiona Hilferty

Senior Research Fellow
Senior Lecturer

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.

 

Publications

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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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
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
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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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
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, 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; 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; 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
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