Dr Christiane Purcal

Research Associate
PhD MA University of Oldenburg
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7830
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 212, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Public Policy, Social Policy, Social Program Evaluation, Public Administration, Australian Government and Politics
Tags: Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis, Children's/Youth Services and Childcare, Families and Family Services, Ability and Disability, Carers' Development and Welfare, Comparative Structure and Development of Community Services

Dr Christiane Purcal is a Research Associate at the SPRC. She is a researcher and project manager on evaluations that focus on disability and mental health policies, child and family services, child care, and informal carer policies. She uses an inclusive research approach and participatory action research methods. Recent projects include: Supported Accommodation Evaluation Framework (Ageing Disability and Home Care, NSW Government), Evaluation capacity development for the Aboriginal child and family disability therapy research project (Northcott), Individual funding: building community capacity through action research (National Disability Research and Development Grant), Evaluation capacity development for Macarthur Youth Mental Health and Housing Project (Neami); and Families at the Centre, ARC Linkage Grant.

Research

Dr Christiane Purcal is a Research Associate at the SPRC. She is a researcher and project manager on evaluations that focus on disability and mental health policies, child and family services and informal carer policies. She uses an inclusive research approach and participatory action research methods. Recent projects include: Supported Accommodation Evaluation Framework (Ageing Disability and Home Care, NSW Government), Evaluation capacity development for the Aboriginal child and family disability therapy research project (Northcott), Individual funding: building community capacity through action research (National Disability Research and Development Grant), Direct funding trial evaluation (Lifetime Care and Support Authority of NSW); and Families at the Centre, ARC Linkage Grant. Christiane’s first career was in journalism, and she has worked as a journalist and academic researcher in Germany, Canada and Australia.

Publications

    Books

    • Purcal C, 1994, Kommunalparteien (Civic Parties. A Study of the Structure and Functions of Political Associations in the Canadian City of Vancouver), Original, University of Oldenburg Press, Oldenburg, Germany

    Book Chapters

    • Purcal C;Fisher KR;Meltzer A, 2016, 'Social insurance for individualised disability support: Implementing the Australian national disability insurance scheme (NDIS)', in Social Policy Review 28: Analysis and Debate in Social Policy, 2016, pp. 173 - 190

    Journal articles

    • Fisher KR;Purcal C, 2017, 'Policies to change attitudes to people with disabilities', Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, vol. 19, pp. 161 - 174, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15017419.2016.1222303
    • Laragy C;Fisher KR;Purcal C;Jenkinson S, 2015, 'Australia's Individualised Disability Funding Packages: When Do They Provide Greater Choice and Opportunity?', Asian Social Work and Policy Review, vol. 9, pp. 282 - 292, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aswp.12068
    • Purcal C;Brennan D;Cass B;Jenkins B, 2014, 'Grandparents raising grandchildren: impacts of lifecourse stage on the experiences and costs of care', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 49, pp. 467 - 488, http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=785948543811080;res=IELHSS
    • Purcal C;Fisher KR;Laragy C, 2014, 'Analysing Choice in Australian Individual Funding Disability Policies', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 73, pp. 88 - 102, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8500.12063
    • Purcal C;Hamilton M;Thomson C;Cass B, 2012, 'From assistance to Prevention: Categorizing young carer support services in Australia, and international implications', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 46, pp. 788 - 806, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9515.2011.00816.x
    • Purcal C;Muir K;Patulny R;Thomson C;Flaxman S, 2011, 'Does partnership funding improve coordination and collaboration among early childhood services? - Experiences from the Communities for Children programme', Child and Family Social Work, vol. 16, pp. 474 - 484, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00766.x
    • Fisher KR;Purcal C, 2010, 'Effective personalised housing support for people with disabilities - Case study analysis', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 45, pp. 527 - 542
    • Fisher KR;Purcal C, 2010, 'Effectiveness of individual funding for disability support', SPRC newsletter, pp. 1 - 7, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/NL105.pdf
    • Purcal C;Thomson CM;Spooner CJ, 2010, 'The Facilitating Partner Model in the Communities for Children Program: Feasibility and early lessons', Australian and New Zealand Third Sector Research Limited, vol. 16, pp. 51 - 67, http://search.informit.com.au/fullText;dn=201008109;res=APAFT
    • Fisher KR;Parker S;Purcal C, 2009, 'Measuring the effectiveness of new approaches to housing support policy for persons with disabilities', Australian Journal of Public Administration, vol. 68, pp. 319 - 332, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8500.2009.00642.x
    • Purcal C;Muir K, 2009, 'Positive results for families and services', SPRC newsletter, vol. 103, pp. 1 - 5
    • Purcal C;Fisher KR, 2007, 'Balancing qualified staff requirements with shortage of recruits in child care - The NSW experience', Australian Journal of Social Issues, vol. 42, pp. 387 - 399
    • Purcal C;Fisher KR, 2006, 'Affordability funding models for early childhood services', Australian Journal of Early Childhood, vol. 31 (4), pp. 49 - 58

    Conference Papers

    • Purcal C;Cass B;Hamilton M;Thomson CM;Brennan DJ, 2009, 'From support to prevention: policies and services for young carers', in From support to prevention: policies and services for young carers, Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 - 10 July 2009
    • Muir K;Katz I;Purcal C;Patulny RV;Flaxman S;Abello D;Cortis N;Thomson CM;Oprea I;Wise S;Edwards B;Gray M;Hayes A, 2009, 'Can area-based interventions work in Australia? Findings from the longitudinal evaluation of Communities for Children', in Can area-based interventions work in Australia? Findings from the longitudinal evaluation of Communities for Children, Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 - 10 July 2009
    • Fisher KR;Purcal C, 2008, 'Measuring effective housing support policy for people with disability', in Measuring effective housing support policy for people with disability, National Disability Services Accommodation and Social Participation Conference, Sydney, presented at National Disability Services Accommodation and Social Participation Conference, Sydney, 01 January 2008
    • Purcal C, 2007, 'Balancing qualified staff requirements with shortage of recruits in children’s services – the NSW experience', in Balancing qualified staff requirements with shortage of recruits in children’s services – the NSW experience, Australian Research in Early Childhood Education Conference, presented at Australian Research in Early Childhood Education Conference, 01 January 2007
    • Purcal C;Fisher KR, 2005, 'Affordability funding models for early childhood services', in SPRC (ed.), Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2005, University of New South Wales, 01 January 2005

    Reports

    Conference Presentations

    • Meltzer A;Purcal C;Fisher KR, 2017, 'Research findings about the ECI sector’s transition to the NDIS: Insights from two projects', presented at Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 27th State Conference, Sydney, Australia, 25 - 26 May 2017
    • Fisher KR;Purcal C;Jones A;Robinson S;Kayess R, 2015, 'Disability accommodation support within constrained housing options: A policy framework', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, 28 - 30 September 2015
    • Fisher KR;Jones A;Purcal C;Kayess R;Robinson S, 2015, 'Critical Social Futures: Querying Systems of Disability Support', presented at Critical Social Futures: Querying Systems of Disability Support, Sydney, 19 - 19 June 2015
    • Purcal C;Brennan D;Cass B;Jenkins B, 2014, 'Grandparents raising grandchildren: impacts of lifecourse stage on the experiences and costs of care:', Vol. 49, pp. 467 - 488, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/j.1839-4655.2014.tb00324.x
    • Purcal C;Fisher KR;Mears T, 2014, 'Building evaluation capacity and cultural competence within a service organisation', presented at aes 14 International Evaluation Conference, Darwin, 08 - 12 September 2014
    • Fisher KR;Purcal C;Bevan N;Robinson S, 2014, 'Peer support groups and action research – capacity for self directed support', presented at UK Social Policy Conference, Sheffield, 14 - 16 July 2014
    • Laragy C;Fisher KR;Purcal C, 2012, 'Self-directed approaches: What the research says about strategies for disability service providers and professionals', presented at National Disability Services Victoria (NDSV) and Disability Professionals Victoria (DPV) Annual Conference 2012: From Strength to Strength, Melbourne, 01 March 2012
    • Fisher KR;Purcal C, 2011, 'Supported living framework and case studies', presented at My Neighbourhood, My Home: Independent supported living in local neighbourhoods, workshop organised by Leichhardt Council, Sydney, 01 May 2011
    • Purcal C, 2011, '”Run faster, Nana” – Grandparents raising grandchildren survey findings', presented at National Kinship Care Forum: Relationships across the generations, Sydney, 01 November 2011
    • Laragy C;Purcal C;Fisher KR, 2011, 'Individual funding: A good start but not enough', presented at Disability Studies Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, 01 November 2011
    • Purcal C;Fisher KR;Laragy C, 2011, 'Effectiveness of individual funding for disability support', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference, Sydney, Australia, 06 - 08 July 2011
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ;Thomson CM;Adamson E;Hamilton M;Purcal C, 2011, 'Experiences of young carers and young adult carers: Life-course stage dimensions of caregiving and the implications for policy and practice', presented at Social Policy Association Annual Conference, Lincoln, UK, 01 July 2011
    • Purcal C, 2011, 'Supported decision-making for self-directed packages', presented at In Control Australia, The Big Event 2011: Self-directed Support: Making it Happen, Sydney, 01 March 2011
    • Cass B;Brennan DJ;Thomson CM;Adamson E;Hill T;Purcal C;Hamilton M, 2011, 'The life-course stage dimensions of care-giving by young people: experiences, perspectives and implications for policy', presented at Workshop Research and Policy on Care in Liberal and Social Democracies: Australia, the UK and Finland, Sydney, 01 March 2011
    • Thomson CM;Hamilton M;Adamson E;Purcal C, 2010, 'Audit of policies and supports for young carers', presented at Young carers: building opportunities. South Australian Government Policy Forum, Adelaide, 01 June 2010
    • Skattebol J;Blaxland M;Brennan DJ;Purcal C, 2010, 'Progressive policies? Australian early childhood policy and low income families', presented at Mapping Families – Practices and Concepts of Children, Parents and Professionals, Bielefeld, Germany, 01 November 2010
    • Purcal C;Muir K;Patulny RV;Thomson CM;Flaxman S;Spooner CJ, 2009, 'The impact of an area-based early intervention program on partnerships among service providers', presented at Society for Prevention Research 17th Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 27 May 2009
    • Purcal C;Muir K;Patulny RV;Thomson CM;Flaxman S;Spooner CJ, 2009, 'The impact of the Communities for Children program on partnerships among service providers', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference: An Inclusive Society? Practicalities and Possibilities, Sydney, 08 - 10 July 2009
    • Skattebol J;Blaxland M;Purcal C;Brennan D, 2009, 'Integrated services: voices and silences from Australian history', presented at NIFeTY, Melbourne, 01 February 2009
    • Katz I;Purcal C, 2009, 'Effectiveness of individualised funding approaches for disability support', presented at Social Policy Research Workshop, Canberra, 30 November 2009
    • 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
    • Purcal C;Spooner CJ;Thomson CM, 2007, 'Implementation of the Facilitating Partner model in the Communities for Children program: early learnings', presented at Australian Social Policy Conference 2007, University of New South Wales, 11 - 13 July 2007

    Working Papers

    • Brennan DJ;Press F;Blaxland M;Purcal C;Ner S, 2008, Building an International Research Collaboration in Early Childhood Education and Care: Background Materials for a Workshop Funded by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY), SPRC, UNSW, Sydney

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