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About the company

NSF Consulting provides specialist research and evaluation services to government agencies and the not-for-profit sector, throughout metropolitan and regional Australia. The company was established in 2004 by Natalie Fisher, who brought with her many years of experience in a number of sectors including social research, the media and landscape planning.

Our clients include Federal, State and Local Governments, arts and cultural organisations and the not-for-profit sector. We work with clients to help them improve the lives of their communities and stakeholders.

We research and evaluate arts and cultural initiatives, disaster recovery programs, environmental sustainability programs and regional development programs. We provide strategic advice from our research or evaluation findings.

In recent years we have started to accrue a solid evidence-based body of work that demonstrates the important role that arts and culture can play in contributing to the creative economy of regional towns and contribute to their transformation. We are also building a body of work that demonstrates the effect of creative disaster recovery programs.

 

 

Key services

We offer two key services, both of which aim to provide clients with clear research evidence to help them make sound decisions about their programs and initiatives:

  • Program evaluation – assessing what works, for whom, and why, as well as determining whether the desired outcomes of a program or initiative are being achieved.;
  • Social research – designed to explore issues, concerns or ideas amongst stakeholders and communities.  This typically includes researching motivations and barriers for behaviour, as well as perceptions and attitudes and the testing of ideas.

In our program evaluation and social research services we know how to ask the right questions of the right people, design appropriate research tools and use the most effective techniques. We are able to find clarity and meaning in complex data and present findings in clear, succinct, plain English reports.  We provide strategic advice based on sound evidence that helps clients reduce their risks when making important decisions about their initiatives.

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