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Inca Consulting is one of Australia’s premier social research and evaluation organisations. Our aim is to make a difference through robust research, astute analysis and elegant reporting..
We have twenty years’ experience providing program evaluation & social policy consulting services.
By conducting, qualitative & quantitative research, we inform the development of evidence-based social programs.
We explore & provide insightful commentary on the structural & cultural factors that underpin social programs.
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Our clients include local, state and Commonwealth government agencies as well as non-government organisations. Since 1997 Inca Consulting has worked extensively in, amongst others, the following spheres:
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Inca Consulting provides excellent value for money. We are a small business, headed by two experts in the field of social research - Murray Benton and Rohan Pigott - but we are supported by a network of Associates and experts from a variety of professional backgrounds. So, we can bring the expertise your project requires, on a needs basis, to offer you a tailor-made approach without huge overheads and expense.
Inca Consulting promises your organisation a high quality outcome, on time and within budget.
Our clients consistently remark on our ability to:
• Deal effectively with complex social issues
• Work sensitively and professionally with stakeholders, whether they be organisational representatives or vulnerable clients
• Provide thoughtful, insightful and robust analysis to support workable recommendations
• Provide written research reports of the highest quality
We work for Commonwealth, State and local government organisations as well as not for profit and private sector organisations. Our recent clients include:.
Inca Consulting provides social research and evaluation expertise to governments, the not for profit sector and the private sector. We are based in Sydney but operate across Australia. We offer our clients access to a team of highly experienced social researchers. When the project calls for it, we also work in collaboration with a range of research organisations and high-calibre specialist consultants located in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra and elsewhere. Our recent work includes:.
Evaluation of the Tackling Tobacco Aboriginal Community Program (Cancer Council NSW)The Tackling Tobacco Program was developed in response to the discrepancies in the health and social outcomes for disadvantaged population groups, including Aboriginal people. The program aimed to reduce smoking-related harm among the most disadvantaged groups by working with social and community service organisations already in contact with these groups. The program worked with organisations to build their capacity to address tobacco issues and support their clients to quit. This particular project trialled the program in services that work intensively with Aboriginal families with dependent children. Two sites (one in Sydney and one in Western NSW) were selected for the pilot.
Inca Consulting evaluated the projects using a pre-post design, involving staff and client surveys, in-depth interviews and analysis of program data.
Preventing Child Sexual Abuse in the Out of Home Care Sector (Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse)The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.
Inca Consulting conducted national research in the Out of Home Care sector on policies, processes and practices for carer screening, assessment, training and support as means of preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. The research included interviews with representatives of all State and Territory governments, a large number of NGOs and peak organisations. The research has been peer reviewed and was published in early 2017.
Evaluation of the Home Power Savings Program (HPSP) Aboriginal Community Project (NSW Office of Environment and Heritage)The program trialled a partnership for delivery of the Home Power Saving Program (HPSP), delivered in partnership with Murdi Paaki Regional Enterprise Corporation (MPREC). The rationale was that rising electricity prices affect lower income households disproportionately to other households and that this can be addressed by providing personalised information, advice, resources and follow-up. A further rationale was that people on low incomes may have limited information and available capital to do what is required to improve energy efficiency in their homes.
The program delivered energy assessments, information and energy saving resources to more than 1,800 low-income Aboriginal households in western NSW. It was a trial of a model to deliver culturally appropriate services and to meet the equity targets set for the HPSP. Inca Consulting undertook an evaluation of the program, conducting extensive face-to-face in-depth interviewing with Aboriginal householders in the Murdi Paaki region, as well as analysing program data.
Evaluation of Education and Employment Programs for Social Housing Tenants (Housing NSW, Department of Family and Community Services)Inca Consulting undertook an evaluation of an initiative comprising three demonstration projects, which sought to enhance the education and training opportunities of some of social housing tenants, particularly those living in highly disadvantaged estates. The project involved a comprehensive literature review to establish a rationale for the approaches and to identify good practice principles through examination of the research on both Australian and overseas initiatives.
The evaluation analysed program data collected by the NGOs implementing the projects. The evaluation also included surveys of the majority of participants as well as qualitative in-depth interviews with a selection of participants and program stakeholders. Recommendations regarding continuation and adaptation of the models for broader implementation were provided.
A strategic review of asbestos registers in Australia (Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency)Revised national workplace safety regulations in 2013 require all workplaces to have and maintain an asbestos register, which identifies the type, location and management plan for any asbestos in buildings constructed before 2003. ASEA engaged Inca Consulting to conduct a review of asbestos registers, both within Australia and internationally, in order to establish good practice.
The research involved desktop research, in-depth interviews with 50 businesses and government agencies, and a national survey of tradespeople. A discussion paper highlighting the features of good practice approaches to the development and maintenance of asbestos registers was prepared to inform ASEA’s work in promoting good practice.
Evaluation of the Enhanced Enforcement Program (NSW Centre for Road Safety)The Enhanced Enforcement Program (EEP) provides additional funds to NSW Police to allow them to extend their hours of high visibility road safety enforcement operations, targeting behaviours that increase the risk of accidents such as drink driving, speeding and wearing seat belts.
The evaluation Inca Consulting conducted involved developing and applying a statistical model using EEP and crash data to determine what impact the program has had on road trauma. It also involved qualitative interviews with representatives from NSW Police, the Centre for Road Safety and NSW Roads and Maritime Services The report examined the impact of EEP, the extent to which funds are being spent efficiently, and how aspects of operations and administration could be improved to enhance outcomes and efficiency.