Social Systems and Evaluation


Directors' Curricula Vitaes

ROSEMARY L. CANT

RICHARD (RICK) D. DOWNIE


Rosemary L. Cant

University of Western Australia Bachelor of Psychology with Honours, 1968.
Master of Psychology, 1971
Curtin University Post Graduate Diploma in Business (Business Systems), 1993

Professional Detail Summary
  • Over ten years experience as a principal consultant with Social Systems and Evaluation managing or participating in research, review, survey and evaluation projects of varying duration from one day to over two years.
  • Over fifteen years experience in public sector management.
  • Extensive experience in the policy development and evaluation and review of programs and services gained from involvement in a number of significant evaluations and reviews.
  • Well developed project management skills honed by managing two major information systems projects from early stages of development through to implementation over a five year period
  • Considerable knowledge of and experience in information systems development and implementation gained through six years of working with information and information systems including system feasibility, requirements definition, system test planning, conversion planning and specification, change control, quality assurance planning, and system implementation.
  • High level written communication and report writing skills arising from years of experience in preparing option papers, policy documents, ministerial briefings and correspondence, and recommendation, feasibility, evaluation and review reports.
  • Excellent analytic and conceptual skills.
  • Comprehensive experience in qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis gained through the analysis of corporate data for program management and other purposes and through involvement in major evaluation and research projects in the human service area

Richard (Rick) D. Downie

Edith Cowan University (Formerly WA College Of Advanced Education) Associate Diploma in Applied Science (Computer Studies)
Curtin University Graduate Business Qualification, 2002
Curtin University Master of Business Administration
(completed April, 2005)

Professional Detail Summary
  • Over ten years experience as a principal consultant with Social Systems and Evaluation managing or participating in research, review, survey and evaluation projects of varying duration from one day to over two years.
  • Over Ten years Experience working full time as an information systems professional.
  • Highly developed Business Analyst / Systems Analyst skills refined through extensive experience in helping individuals and groups of users define their requirements for new systems or enhancements to existing systems. This is achieved through the use of mixed methodologies, data modelling, data analysis and tools like data flow diagrams ensuring user understanding of existing systems and to facilitate their informed contribution to defining requirements of new systems.
  • Extensive Documentation and Written Communication experience built through the formulation of high level system requirements documents, user requirement documents, varied position papers and recommendation documents, reports and the development of user documentation for applications.
  • A high level of Oral Communication skills gained through dealings with individuals and groups of users at all levels within large and small organisations and through the delivery of training sessions and verbal reports to groups, meetings and seminars.
  • System Development and Implementation built from close involvement with large scale multi-user systems and smaller scale stand alone personal computer based applications including the identification of data requirements of systems and the development of data collection instruments.

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