Meet our People – Keely Mitchell

Find out more about our staff, their roles, and what their day to day looks like!

What was your path into evaluation/ARTD?

After working in advertising (media buying) for a couple of years, I decided to change careers and find a job that had that focused making the world a better place. Talking to a friend in the field, I realised the interesting and diverse work I could do in evaluation and applied for a role at ARTD! 

Can you sum up your role in one sentence?

No day is ever the same! 

My job involves managing smaller projects, conducting interviews and focus groups, analysing and synthesising mixed-methods evaluations and writing reports for our clients. 

My role also involves a bit of fieldwork! In 2023, I was lucky enough to get to do a lot of fieldwork across my projects – travelling around NSW and Victoria to collect and analyse data, workshop ideas with clients and co-develop frameworks.  

What was the best opportunity/ your proudest work moment since starting at ARTD?

There isn’t just one, but my proudest work moments centre around clients using our work. This includes adapting programs based on our recommendations, implementing new monitoring systems and using documents to better advocate for their rights.  

What is your favourite thing about working at ARTD?

The diversity – I get to work on a range of different projects every day. This includes jobs in sectors such as Environment, Education, and Disability. It means I get a great understanding of different stakeholder groups all across Australia, their perspectives and hopefully support them in amplifying their voices for things that impact them.   

What does a ‘day in the life’ look like for you?

A day would normally consist of meetings, interviews, synthesising notes, analysing and report writing. 

What’s something your clients may not know about you?

I love to ski! Though if you have spoken to me for more than ten minutes you would probably know that. 

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