Since our inception, PREA has developed a reputation for delivering a high level of service and client satisfaction.
Pacific Research & Evaluation Associates (PREA) works across Australia and the Pacific to assist organisations, agencies and governments:
- build capacity to undertake research, design and evaluation of community engagement and development programmes
- research and design community engagement and development programmes
- evaluate community engagement and development programmes.
PREA provides services in the following areas:
Project design and proposal preparation
Design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation frameworks
Training and facilitation
PREA works across all sustainability issues, and specialise in:
International and community development
Behaviour change and community engagement
Organisational change management
Sustainable development and climate change adaptation
Natural resource management and waste reduction
Education for Sustainable Development / Education for Sustainability
PREA has made a commitment to ensuring its work is aligned to environmental and sustainability principals. Our commitment is documented in our Environmental policy.
Director, Principal Consultant
Martin Pritchard has been actively involved in designing, implementing and evaluating behaviour change programs for small business, the community sector and state and local governments.
Spending three years as a project manager at the National Centre for Sustainability at Swinburne University has provided opportunities to develop skills in areas ranging from carbon footprinting, developing green office programs, embedding Education for Sustainability into educational resources and developing behaviour change programs to deliver sustainability outcomes.
Martin has also developed education and training resources including the customisation of VET training resources and the production of resource websites including the evaluation toolbox (evaluationtoolbox.net.au) and the Education For Sustainability hub hosted by the National Centre for Sustainability.
Martin’s background includes a career in Information Technology and project management complimented by a broad range of campaign, advocacy and international development voluntary work in the not-for-profit sector in Australia and the Pacific.
Martin has a Masters of Social Science in International Development (RMIT) and a Bachelor of Information Technology (Swinburne University) and is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
Martin and Damien also developed the widely used highly acknowledge online Evaluation Toolbox, a freely accessible capacity-building resource to assist government staff, NGOs and community members to design and evaluation their community engagement and behaviour change project.
Damien Sweeney is sustainability generalist, and monitoring and evaluation practitioner, with wide-ranging knowledge and experience in energy, water, waste, climate change mitigation and adaptation, terrestrial and marine resource management, as well as behaviour change and community and business engagement.
He has worked in local government, environmental consultancy, industry organisations and the education sector, developing a wide range of knowledge and experience to apply in forming solutions that cut across silos and work towards solving the systemic issues that hinder the pathway to sustainability.
Damien’s skills are wide-ranging. He can undertake research, design and implement behaviour change and community engagement initiatives, develop and implement evaluation frameworks, facilitate and teach, advise on climate change adaptation, energy efficiency, and sustainable development in general, as well as provide science communication material, and even draw cartoons. He also is knowledgeable in marine and terrestrial resource management, particularly focusing on the tropics (esp. the Pacific region). Damien has experience working across Australia and the Pacific region.
Damien holds a Masters of International and Community Development (Deakin) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Management) (James Cook University). Damien is fluent in French, and is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
Melissa has worked for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, in the Indigenous Partnership Liaison Unit, where she engaged with Traditional Owners of sea country.
Melissa is also an experienced yoga teacher and sound practitioner.
Melissa holds an Honours Degree in Anthropology (Australian National University) and a Bachelor of Science/Arts from James Cook University.
PREA is please to have worked with former associate Daniela Rojas Chaves who took a lead role in creating an M&E plan for the agricultural sector in Kosrae in collaboration with SPREP. PREA wishes Daniela the best of luck in her new job at World Vision.
PREA uses Field Task, a free, open-source smartphone data collection app, to collect survey and audit data in the field.
Climates is an Australian NGO that is providing a Remote Mentoring Pilot Program (RMP) to support Pacific Island Countries in project design and proposal writing. PREA has provided support to Climates by training its volunteers in using the Logical Framework Approach (LFA).
Headed up by Chris Piper, TorqAid specialise in advising and training in Disaster Risk Management (DRM) and Community Based DRM. Chris also has experience in advising on natural disasters, and conflict and complex emergency scenarios. Chris has worked in many overseas countries, including work in the Pacific region. The TorqAid website has useful DRM resources and opportunities to enroll in DRM courses that may be of interest to development professionals. TorqAid were engaged by PREA to support one component of the post-project evaluation of the Global Climate Change Alliance: Pacific Small Islands States (GCCA: PSIS) project. PREA looks forward to collaborating with Chris on future projects in the Pacific region.
Omie Consultants headed up by Albert Arija and Hilda Arija are M&E, project management consultants based in Papua New Guinea and have undertaken work for World Vision. Omie Consultants are also partners with SMAP Consulting and are familiar with using their open source mobile phone data collection tools.