Susan Rooney-Harding Founder
The Story Catcher
Susan is a creative qualitative data specialist. Her inquisitive and intuitive nature is central to her ability to capture meaningful stories for a greater purpose.
She is a Multimedia Producer and is the founder of The Story Catchers, Stories for purpose.
Susan and Nerissa have co-created a methodology that uses film in for monitoring and evaluation, social impact measurement and human centred design process. The methodology is used to create documentary style reports of the findings.
Local, Nation and International organisations have used The Story Catchers services, organisations such as Indigenous Lands Corporation, Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, Enel Green Power, Rural and Remote Mental Health and South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board to name a few.
Prior to this role she was the ABC Open Producer for the River Murray Areas in South Australia.
Content that Susan has created with communities has been seen on News 24, Landline, ABC Online, ABC Open, ABC Rural and the 730 Report.
Her work has been featured in exhibitions in the Sydney Museum, Adelaide Festival Centre, Northern Rivers National Portrait Prize at the Lismore Regional Gallery and Murray Bridge Regional Art Gallery, South Australian Living Artists (SALA).
Nerissa Walton - Associate
MONITORING & EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Nerissa Walton is the principal at Nereus Consulting. Nerissa has wide experience in the application of program logic and theory of change and evaluations of public health, environment and Indigenous programs. She has developed Monitoring and Evaluation frameworks and has delivered evaluations across Australia as well as overseas.Nerissa has worked with Commonwealth, state, territory and local governments and in the non-government and academic sectors. She has experience in quantitative data collection and analysis, but is particularly interested in understanding the more intangible outcomes of programs through the application of techniques such as the Most Significant Change (MSC) technique, of which she has extensive knowledge and experience.
Nerissa has professional qualifications, holding a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health), a Graduate Certificate in Public Health and a Masters of International Development. She has demonstrated skills in producing clear and concise evaluation reports that meet the needs of various evaluation stakeholders.
Nerissa was brought on at the Indigenous Land Corporation (ILC) to lead the organisation’s Monitoring and Evaluation body of work. Most recently, Nerissa has led the development of carbon offsetting strategy and policy advice at the ILC, as well as the design, implementation, monitoring and communication of demonstration projects on Indigenous-held land, including the Fish River Fire Project.
Nerissa maintains an interest in innovative, collaborative and empowerment approaches to evaluation and how these can inform organisational learning and change.
The Story Catchers Clients
Market Development Facility (Australian Aid)
Indigenous Lands Corporation
Enel Green Power
Department of Environment Water Natural Resources (DEWNR)
Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary
Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure (DPTI)
Council on the Ageing COTA
Adelaide City Council
Connecting up Australia
Latitude Forestry Services
Centre for Participation - Horsham
Australian Science Communicators
Scope Global AVID (Australian Volunteers for International Development)
University of South Australia (UNISA)
The Australian Wine Research Institute
South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board
Libraries South Australia
South Australian Museum
Department of Premier Cabinet
Country Arts South Australia
Mid Murray Council
Emily Sharp - Associate
MONITORING & EVALUATION SPECIALIST
Emily Sharp has worked in a range of planning, monitoring & evaluation and project management fields since 1999 including public and environmental health, regional and community development, sustainable livelihoods, natural resource management, financial resilience and small enterprise development.
Emily strongly advocates that evaluators must be prepared to use innovative approaches that embrace sensitive and dynamic contexts and that traverse boundaries of socioeconomic position, gender, race and age.
She has developed visual reporting methods that not only give a voice to those who are not usually heard, but bring those voices directly to funders and decisions makers.
Visual reports also increase the utility of M&E findings as they communicate findings in real time in a format that is readily comprehensible for time poor and content overloaded audiences.