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Charles Sullivan

30 years of experience with surveys, evaluations, and administrative data

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Charles Sullivan is a research and evaluation consultant based in Wellington, New Zealand. He offers a rare combination of skills and experience from 30 years of iterating between management and hands-on work with surveys, evaluations, and administrative data (including the Integrated Data Infrastructure).

Mixed methods and quantitative projects are his strengths, particularly if projects have some management challenges too.

Subject areas he is familiar with are wellbeing, health, justice, and transport. 

Ways he can help include:

  • planning or reviewing projects with conceptual or statistical challenges
  • building and navigating collaborations, such as integrating qualitative work with administrative data analysis or linking with university specialists
  • advising on risk management or recovery from awkward situations.

Charles held senior management/partner roles in leading research companies. More recently he spent several years in the public sector - with the Social Wellbeing Agency, Te Hiringa Hauora / Health Promotion Agency, and the Ministry of Justice.

Examples of Charles' work and writing:

Valuing lives and deaths. Presentation to 2022 ANZEA Conference.

Work programme planning: ‘Measuring Wellbeing’ for the Social Wellbeing Agency (2021). 

Evaluation contract management: Placed-Based Initiatives – implementation and emerging outcomes evaluation. For the Social Wellbeing Agency (2019). 

Interactive survey reporting: Kupe data explorer. (2018). As Manager of Research at Te Hiringa Hauora/Health Promotion Agency, Charles initiated the development of this interactive tool for data reporting and strongly influenced its content.

Sullivan, C., Ong S-W., & McRae, R. (2017). Justice Sector Seriousness Score (2016 update): FAQs. Wellington, Ministry of Justice.

Sullivan, C. (2016). Justice and the IDI: Initial uses, future plans, and the importance of collaboration. Presentation to symposium at MSD in Wellington (Using Integrated Data for Social Sector Policy and Practice)

Morris, M. & Sullivan, C. (2015). The impact of sentencing on adult offenders’ future employment and re-offending - community work versus fines. Wellington, New Zealand Treasury Working Paper 15/04.

Sullivan, C., & Povey, L. (2015). Measuring re-offending with court data: Proposed Tier 1 specification. Wellington, Ministry of Justice.

Keall, M. D., Stroombergen, A., Sullivan, C., Cameron, M., & Weiss, H. (2012). An analysis of potential factors behind the 2011 reduction in New Zealand road fatalities. Wellington, Ministry of Transport.

McAlevey, L., & Sullivan, C. (2010). Statistical literacy and sample survey results. International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology 41(7), 911-920.