Lived Experience Evaluators Project (LEEP)

Many ASRC members have professional backgrounds and want to resume their professional careers in Australia. However, without local experience and networks, this can be very difficult. LEEP addresses these barriers by providing paid internships for people with experience of seeking asylum to develop skills in program evaluation.

This pilot project will run for six months from March to August 2019. It is delivered in partnership with Career Seekers and supported by practitioners and organisations from across the evaluation sector.

How does it work?

LEEP interns receive training in evaluation principles and methods, then put their knowledge into practice by evaluating an ASRC program. Professional mentors from the evaluation sector support the interns throughout. Through our partnership with Career Seekers, interns also learn how to succeed in Australian professional workplaces.

Career pathways for people with evaluation skills include:

  • Working as an independent consultant, or in a consultancy team.
  • Working as an evaluation specialist within an organisation.
  • Working as a project manager in community, government or corporate roles.

Partners & supporters

LEEP is delivered in partnership with:

Many others have supported LEEP in various ways and we are grateful for their support.

The pilot is funded by:

  • Victorian Department of Premier and Cabinet
  • RE Ross Trust
  • Clear Horizon

We also received funding through Business Victoria’s Boost Your Business program, and generous fundraising by Nicholas Gruen.