Meet our people – Natalie Martino

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

What was your path into evaluation and ARTD?

I studied a Bachelor of Social Science and a Bachelor of Laws at Macquarie University, so I got a taste of evaluation from my social science degree. After completing the College of Law and working as a paralegal, I realised I wanted to pursue a career in the social science field. I have always wanted to find a practical way to contribute to large-scale change and make a difference, so I was inspired when I saw ARTD’s vision of using evaluative tools to design and refine action and decision-making for the public good.

Can you sum up your role as a Consultant in one sentence?

You get to work on everything and anything – conducting interviews for an evaluation of an environmental project, writing a report for a health pilot, and analysing data for aged care reviews.

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

My proudest moment would be when I have conducted interviews with stakeholders and they said that I created a very comfortable and safe environment where they felt able to express their thoughts and really felt heard.

What is your favourite thing about working at ARTD?

I love that I get to work in a variety of policy areas, and that no two days ever look the same. I am also given plenty of opportunities to take on more responsibility, learn and develop my skills with the assistance of others. ARTD nails the balance between helping you through a task and giving you enough autonomy to learn and grow.

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

No two days ever look the same, but I can often expect team meetings and lunch with my colleagues, engagement with our clients, data collection, analysis and reporting, and ongoing professional development workshops or training.

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

That I also have practiced in law, so I can bring a unique perspective and legal understanding to our projects.

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