David McDonald

The Director of Social Research & Evaluation Pty Ltd is David McDonald. Although he generally undertakes smaller consultancies alone, he conducts larger projects in collaboration with associates from academia and other consultancy firms.

David is a social scientist with research interests in public health and criminology, particularly alcohol and other drugs policy and better understanding the research-policy nexus. As well as being a Consultant in Social Research and Evaluation, he is a Campus Visitor at the Australian National University’s National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health.

David’s academic qualifications are BA, DipSocWork (Sydney), MA (Alberta), Grad DipPopulationHealth (ANU).

He is a Fellow of the Public Health Association of Australia (FPHAA).

He has wide experience in research, policy & program development and evaluations in the alcohol and other drugs, criminal justice and related fields, as revealed by his CV/resumé.

Other positions he has held include;

  • Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Heatth, The Australian National University
  • Senior Criminologist, Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Deputy Head of Research, Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody
  • Director of the National Drug Abuse Information Centre, Australian Commonwealth Government Department of Health
  • Director of the Northern Territory Drug and Alcohol Bureau
  • Senior Training Officer (Social Development), Government of Papua New Guinea
  • Community Development Officer, Government of Papua New Guinea
  • Child Welfare Officer, Department of Child Welfare and Social Welfare, Government of NSW