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The IDM Program is a strategic partnership between the Australian National University, International Women’s Development Agency and the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Our goal is that by 2020 the IDM is ready for global use as an individual measure of deprivation and a tool for tracking how development is changing the lives of the most deprived.

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Professor Sharon Bessell
Team Leader, ANU IDM Team

Sharon leads the ANU IDM Team, with overall responsibility for program management through the ANU-IWDA Program Management Group (PMG), and contract delivery.  She co-leads the Indonesia IDM study. Sharon designed the research methodology for the initial research to develop the IDM and developed the current IDM Program’s ethics guidelines. Sharon teaches in the areas of international development, social policy, gender and children’s policy.

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Joanne Crawford
Research, Policy & Advocacy, IWDA IDM Team

Joanne leads research, policy and advocacy work at the IWDA IDM Team. She was also part of the original research team that developed the IDM (2009-2013). Joanne has over 30 years’ experience across government, NGOs, universities and as consultant, focused on public policy, gender and development and international relations. She has worked with IWDA in a variety of roles, including as Executive Director (2002-03).

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Dr Kylie Fisk
Researcher, IWDA IDM Team

Kylie is a post doc researcher with the IWDA IDM team. She leads statistical analysis for the IWDA IDM Team, and undertook the first full analysis of IDM data, collected by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics in partnership with IWDA (2015-2016), Kylie also lead the 2019 IDM country study in Myanmar, and development of thinking about how to present the large data set generated by the IDM in a way that is accessible and demonstrates the IDM’s value.

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Kim Heath
IT Project Manager

Kim leads the IT component of the IDM. She is responsible for managing the development of bespoke software and hardware solutions to collect, store and visualise IDM data in an efficient and secure manner. Kim holds an MBA from Melbourne University and has over 30 years’ technology and leadership experience in the private sector across the Asia Pacific Region.

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Associate Professor Janet Hunt
Co-Team Leader, ANU IDM Team

Janet co-leads the ANU IDM Team and contributes to Program management through the PMG. She edited the Methodology Update 2017. She also conducts research about Indigenous development at ANU’s Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research. Previous roles include lecturing at RMIT and Deakin Universities, and Executive Director of the Australian Council for International Development and the International Women’s Development Agency.

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Janneke Koenen
Program Coordinator, IWDA IDM Team (Job-share)

Janneke is responsible for Program administration and reporting, and supports monitoring, evaluation and learning systems and processes.  She has a Masters of International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Political Science and Asian Studies. Previous roles include Research Assistant at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University.


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Julia Nicholson
Communications Coordinator, IWDA IDM Team

Julia is responsible for managing the IDM’s communications & relationships with external agencies. She managed the development of the IDM website and roll out of the digital communications plan. She has a background in marketing, communications and fundraising with a focus on digital media and has previously managed national and international campaigns for NGOs and local organisations in Europe and the Asia Pacific region.

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Trang Pham
Research Officer, ANU IDM Team

Trang’s responsibilities include data analysis, contributing to the design and implementation of IDM studies, and developing enumerator training materials. She has worked on impact evaluation, community driven development, poverty reduction and social accountability with the World Bank in Vietnam, Timor-Leste and Cambodia. She is a Co-Primary Investigator for the Impact Evaluation of the World Bank Voice and Action Project in Cambodia.

Joanna Pradela
Team Leader, IWDA IDM Team

Joanna leads the IWDA IDM team, with overall responsibility for program management through the ANU-IWDA Program Management Group, partnership engagement and accountability. Joanna brings over a decade of experience in the international development and humanitarian sectors, with a focus on research, program management, policy and advocacy.

Dr Helen Suich
Senior Research Fellow, ANU IDM Team

Helen lead the survey review and development of the analysis plan for the IDM Program. She also leads the South Africa IDM study. Helen has conducted applied policy research in poverty alleviation and sustainable natural resource management for over 15 years. She has extensive field experience in Indonesia and southern Africa having worked as a researcher in universities, NGOs, the Namibian government, and as a consultant.

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Lucy Swanson
Program Coordinator, IWDA IDM Team (Job-share)

Lucy is responsible for Program administration and reporting, and supports IDM contracting, legal review and stakeholder engagement. She has a degree in Development Studies and over 20 years’ experience in the development sector. Previous roles include data base administration at IWDA and roles with the Australian Government, CARE Australia in Cambodia and the World Health Organization in Geneva.

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Dr Mandy Yap
Research Fellow, ANU IDM Team

Mandy co-leads the Indonesia IDM study and leads the IDM index construction review.  She has undertaken quantitative social science research in wellbeing and social exclusion, health, disability and ageing, indigenous socio-economic outcomes, income distribution, fertility and family formation and model building, involving national and international research collaboration. Mandy is an Australian Endeavour Fellow and is co-authoring a book on Indigenous Peoples and the Capability Approach.

Diana Yu
Financial Accountant, IWDA IDM Team

Diana supports budgeting and finance including financial monitoring and reforecasting, and financial reporting for IWDA ANU team.  She is a Certified Practicing Accountant and holds a Master of Applied Commerce (Accounting). Diana has over 10 years’ experience in corporate and not for profit environments, including with Etihad Stadium, Coles Financial Services, and Matrix on Board, consulting to not for profit organisations to improve their financial management systems.

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