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for fairer, more welcoming communities

We provide research, policy analysis, evaluation and program design services to support sound decision-making.  We work with government agencies, community services and peak bodies with a commitment to building fairer, wiser and more welcoming communities. 

Research and policy analysis


Program Design

Professional writing

From small research projects to multi—year outcome evaluations, Outpost have always delivered quality projects that result in thorough but concise reports with helpful findings and practical recommendations.

Outpost take a collaborative approach to project design and delivery that helps build our team’s understanding and skills in evaluation and research.

Outpost Consulting have always been easy to work with and you can rely on them to deliver the goods.

Katy is an absolute pleasure to work with.  In a very complex project, she has been able to build strong relationships with the partners and clearly demonstrate understanding of the work and the desired outcomes.  Her evaluation process has been clear and has supported the work of the team and the final evaluation has been an essential tool for the project in understanding our impact and planning next steps.

Working with Katy and the Outpost team these past twelve months has been fantastic. Katy’s expertise and professionalism in helping us to deliver a quality evaluation for our funding agency have been a breath of fresh air. Personally she is always helpful and ready to provide advice and guidance, and clearly understands the issues we have faced as a small community organisation. I highly recommend the Outpost Consulting team. It’s well worth the investment.


Why work with us ?

We are experienced

Outpost Consulting has been operating successfully since 2005 and has led or contributed to over one hundred projects for dozens of clients. Katy has worked in senior positions in both Commonwealth and State Governments, across a range of social and economic policy areas.

We are rigorous and ethical

Our projects are underpinned by methodological rigour and high professional standards. We are guided by the AES Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Ethical Conduct of Evaluations and the AIATSIS Guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies.

We are connected

We put together teams that have the specialist mix of skills you require.  We have strong connections with numerous talented researchers, evaluators, creatives, academics and community engagement practitioners. Our ’sister-business’, Clarity Consortium includes four highly skilled professionals all of whom contribute regularly to Outpost Consulting projects.

We love what we do

We are committed to improving people’s wellbeing.  We love working collaboratively with our clients and corralling best evidence and ideas for sound decision-making; always with an eye to the people at the heart of it.

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Meet our team

Katy O’Callaghan

Katy O’Callaghan is a social researcher, evaluator, writer and social policy analyst, with significant expertise in social inclusion, particularly issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and people with disability.

Prior to establishing Outpost Consulting in 2005, Katy worked in government research and policy, holding senior roles at both State and Commonwealth levels. As a consultant, she has undertaken over 100 projects. These include reviews and evaluations of social policies and programs, research and design for new policies and programs and working with organisations to plan and articulate their ideas.

Katy is a proud descendent of the Quandamooka peoples of Moreton Bay.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Social Policy and Planning from the University of Queensland and is an adjunct research fellow with Griffith University.

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