Dr Fiona Hilferty

Senior Research Fellow and Postgraduate Research Coordinator
BEd (Hons) PhD USyd
Social Policy Research Centre

Contact

+61 2 9385 7836
+61 2 9385 7838
Room 203, Goodsell Building
Kensington Campus
Fields: Social Policy, Education, Policy and Administration

Fiona Hilferty, BEd (Hons) USyd, PhD USyd, is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre. Fiona’s research expertise and interest broadly relates to the organization, delivery and evaluation of human services, with specific interest in the areas of early intervention, child protection, and the community services workforce. Fiona also has research expertise in education, particularly teacher professionalism, identity, and policy making. She has worked previously as a secondary school English and History teacher.
Fiona project managed the recently completed longitudinal evaluation of NSW Community Services’ early intervention program, Brighter Futures. This was a complex, multi-method evaluation and the findings have had a significant impact on early intervention policy and practice in NSW. Fiona also recently managed a research project undertaken to profile non-government community service organizations. Findings from this project were used to inform the NSW Government’s submission to Fair Work Australia’s Equal Remuneration Case. Other projects include an examination of the impact of poverty on children’s readiness to learn, labour dynamics and the non-government community services workforce, and a project to inform the development of workforce indicators for Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

Research

Dr Fiona Hilferty, Research Fellow, SPRC (BEd Hons, PhD USyd). Fiona's research expertise broadly relates to the organisation, delivery and evaluation of human services, with specific interest in the areas of early intervention, child protection, education, and the community services workforce. Fiona is a skilled qualitative researcher, with experience in conducting fieldwork with vulnerable families and in project management.

Fiona project managed the recently completed longitudinal evaluation of NSW Community Services' early intervention program, Brighter Futures. This was a complex, multi-method evaluation and the findings have had a significant impact on early intervention policy and practice in New South Wales. Other recent and current projects include a profiling project of non-government community service organisations, an examination of the impact of poverty on children's readiness to learn, and a multi-method project examining labour dynamics and the non-government community services workforce.

Publications

    Books

    • Hilferty F, 2008, Teacher professionalism defined and enacted: a comparative case study of two subject teaching associations, Original, VDM Verlag, Saarbruken, Germany

    Journal articles

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Hilferty F, 2008, 'Teacher professionalism and cultural diversity: Skills, knowledge and values for a changing Australia', Australian Educational Researcher, vol. 35, pp. 53 - 70
    • Hilferty F, 2007, 'Contesting the curriculum: An examination of professionalism as defined and enacted by Australian history teachers', Curriculum Inquiry, vol. 37, pp. 239 - 261, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-873X.2007.00384.x

    Reports

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Hilferty F;Katz I;Griffiths A;Nethery D, 2012, The Family Support Program: Partner Organisation Findings, Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia, Sydney
    • valentine K;Hilferty F, 2012, Why don’t multi-agency child welfare initiatives deliver? A counterpoint to best practice literature, 1/2012
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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/
    • 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
    • Hilferty F;Cortis N;Eastman C;Katz I, 2010, Profiling non-government community service organisations in NSW: Summary Report, Social Policy Research Centre, Sydney, SPRC Report, 8/10, http://www.sprc.unsw.edu.au/media/File/Report8_10_ProfilingNSWNGOs.pdf
    • 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/
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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/

    Working Papers

    • 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

Teaching

HDR Supervision:
Fiona encourages PhD candidates with an interest in education and social policy and policy-making; family support and early intervention; child protection; the community services workforce; professionalism and related educational discourses; and subject subcultures to contact her.

Fiona is currently co-supervising Belinda Newton, who is undertaking a doctoral study entitled 'Child safety and wellbeing from an Aboriginal worldview'.

Affiliations and membership

Politics and Policy in Education Research Group, UNSW

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