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Samantha Abbato and Associates provide evaluation and research services. Areas of specialty are public health and communities including culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD), Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and regional and rural populations. We have a depth of expertise across a wide range of quantitative and qualitative methods, including case-study and mixed-methods. We work with a wide range of clients including Not for Profit (NFP) organisations and all levels of government. Whilst retaining our independence and rigour, we also become part of your team- understanding what you do and the difference you make and helping you both demonstrate what you do and helping you learn how to do it better through team and individual coaching.


Sam Abbato is an evaluation consultant located in Brisbane, Australia. She completed a PhD in Epidemiology (1997, University of California at Berkeley) on the social and cultural context and lived experience of diabetes in an urban Aboriginal community. After lecturing for the University of Queensland in both qualitative and quantitative research methods, she established an evaluation and research consultancy practice (2005) specialising in work in the health and community sectors for NFPs and all levels of government across Australia. Sam has successfully completed more than 35 projects in collaboration with specialised associates in the past 10 years.



We provide consultancy services in:

We use applied community-based participatory approaches that have a focus on maximum utilisation of findings. The result is community benefit through implementation of tailored planning and interventions based on evaluation and research learnings. We provide team and individual coaching to ensure "learning whilst doing" so that the benefits to our clients include increased evaluation and research capability.




Numerous evaluation, research, community engagement and health promotion projects have been completed for Not For Profit (NFP) organisations, local, state and Commonwealth governments, hospitals and universities.

Current and recent clients include:

- Alzheimer's Australia, NSW

- Hepatitis Queensland

- Maranoa Regional Council. Qld

- City of Canterbury Council, NSW

- Mater Misericordiae Health Services

Examples of recent projects include:

-The development of the "Your shed and dementia: A manual"

- Evaluation of Treatment in a Drug-Injecting Environment (TIDE) project.



“Samantha’s ability to tailor her skills, professionalism, knowledge and centre it around your needs is masterful. I have had the absolute pleasure of engaging Samantha for two independent evaluations and the implementation of findings through community-based interventions. This work has been conducted successfully both on-site and via either teleconference or over email which has saved time, money, was very efficient and incredible successful. Samantha was supportive, open, flexible and delivers an extremely quality and professional product.  We will be engaging her skills again for other projects in the organisation.”


Sally O'Loughlin

Regional Manager, Hunter and Central Coast, Alzheimer's Australia NSW