Vanessa Picker is a Rotary Global Grant Scholar and MSc Candidate in Evidence-Based Social Intervention & Policy Evaluation. She previously completed a three-year Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, along with a Master of Politics and Public Policy. Vanessa’s academic interest centres around the evaluation of interventions aimed at addressing priority economic and community development issues (e.g poverty, intergenerational welfare dependancy and youth unemployment). She is also interested in assessing the effectiveness of alternative commissioning models (such as social impact bonds), which are designed to achieve better social outcomes.
Vanessa has gained relevant professional experience by working in various strategic policy roles. Most recently, she worked for the Department of Premier and Cabinet (NSW), as a member of the team responsible for bringing at least two social impact investment transactions to market per year. Prior to that, she was a Policy Officer at the Department of Social Services (Australian Government). She contributed to various policy design projects during the implementation phase of the $20.7 million Investment Approach to Welfare. The Investment Approach uses actuarial valuations, predictive analytics and targeted interventions to reduce long-term reliance on income support.
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