Meet the Principal Advisors

Isabelle Collins

Isabelle has been an evaluation specialist for the past 30 years, working in labour market, economic development and innovative policies across Europe. Major clients included the European Institutions, as well as national and local government in the UK.

In New Zealand she was previously at the Ministry of Economic Development/Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, where she worked on evaluation of MBIE and cross-Ministry programmes.

A particular area of expertise is the development of frameworks, particularly to enable the development of monitoring and assessment measures and tools for management and reporting, and for future evaluations. Isabelle is the primary author of a practical evaluation handbook - Making sense of evaluation.


Carolyn O'Fallon

Carolyn has been working as an evaluator, researcher and policy developer for the public sector for nearly 30 years.

Following completion of her PhD in Public Policy, Carolyn led her own consultancy, Pinnacle Research & Policy Limited, for 18 years, with a focus primarily on the land transport sector. This was followed by a brief stint at Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (in the tourism data space) and a longer stint as a Principal Analyst with the Research and Evaluation team in the Department of Corrections.

At Superu, Carolyn is putting her extensive experience and skills to the task of designing and/or implementing evaluation frameworks and outcome frameworks for complex, cross-agency social sector programmes such as the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project, the Children’s Action Plan and Tāmaki Regeneration Programme.

In addition to this, Carolyn provides expert advice to other agencies and groups and has co-led workshops to build basic evaluation skills in the public sector.


Malcolm Menzies

Malcolm is experienced at working in the nexus between research, policy and strategy.  At Superu, he leads projects which draw on new and existing research to produce accessible synthesis products that people can use. 

Prior to arriving at Superu, Malcolm was Research Manager at the Commission for Financial Capability where he produced the 2013 review of retirement income policies.  Before that, he worked in a number of roles at Victoria Link Ltd, Victoria University’s knowledge transfer arm.  He has also led two national science priority-setting processes, been a manager in the NGO sector and taught secondary school biology and general science. 

Malcolm is interested in Futures Thinking and has a PhD in public policy on the topic of Scientific Entrepreneurship in New Zealand.


Jason Timmins

Jason has worked as a researcher for the past 15 years and spent most of his time analysing data about individuals and businesses. He is passionate about understanding why people succeed and what helps make their lives better.

At Superu, Jason has used the Growing Up in New Zealand survey to understand who drinks alcohol while pregnant and the Integrated Data Infrastructure to look at where people go when they leave the welfare system and to understand how people experience the social services system.

Jason has previously worked at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, the Department of Labour and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. He has researched education and skills, child poverty, regional labour markets, migration, minimum wage and the performance of businesses.


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Last update: 11 Sep 2017