Our Story

Our story

ARTD is a leading public policy consulting firm. Our core business is working with government agencies and non-government organisations to make evidence-informed policy decisions; co-design service models and delivery strategies; plan for, track and evaluate outcomes; and continuously improve performance.

We are an Australian-owned firm. From a small team of three, established in 1989, we have grown to become one of the most respected and enduring consultancy firms in our field. Over 30 years, we have successfully delivered over 1,900 consultancy projects—large and small—across a range of policy sectors. We were early pioneers in the use of program logic and remain at the forefront of evaluation theory and practice. Read more about what we’ve achieved and learnt over 30 years here.

Our staff are committed, curious, creative and collaborative in producing credible evidence and real-world solutions to policy problems. They’re supported by strong internal management systems and processes.

Our approach is simple; we listen to you, then draw on the expertise of our people, yours and your stakeholders to bring evidence and insight to decision makers. If you have a project you’d like to discuss, please contact our office on 02 9373 9900 and ask to speak with one of our leadership team.

Our awards

Our work is highly regarded in the public policy sector and by our peers. We are active member of 25 procurement panels across Commonwealth and state governments and our staff and company have won numerous awards recognising our work. Most recently, we won the Australian Evaluation Society’s:

  • Excellence in Evaluation Award for Enhancing the Social Good (2021) joint winners with Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation (KBHAC) for our work with KBHAC on their Practice Framework ‘The More I Talk, the Stronger I Get’ (read more).
  • Indigenous Evaluation Award for Excellence (2019) for our work with Abcare and Tirkandi Inaburra under Their Future’s Matter’s Aboriginal Evidence Building Partnership pilot (read more).
  • Best Public Sector Evaluation Award (2014) for our Evaluation of Australian Volunteers for International Development with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (read more).
  • Best Evaluation Policy and Systems Award (2010) for our work with the NSW Department of Human Services (read more).
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