Sam presenting Theory of Change.
Research Paper co-authored by Samantha Abbato.


Based on a strong foundation of training and experience, research skills are applied across a wide range of client situations and needs including: academic peer-reviewed publications, resources for service providers and information for participants and the general public. Areas of expertise include: research in the public health and community sectors and mixed methods (combined qualitative and quantitative) approaches.



Utilising expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods and engaging the specialised expertise of the Visual Insights team and associates, I  employ a range methodological approaches to tailor an approach and provide rigorous evidence to answer the important evaluation questions for clients in the health and community sectors.

Participant being filmed with Digital Kit.
Sam presenting during an online workshop.


Tailored coaching in research and evaluation methods is provided to organisations, teams and individuals. The 'learning whilst doing' experiential learning and visual 'pictures and stories' approach is used to consolidate and embed learning

In addition, Sam runs regular  workshops that have a practical focus through the Australian Evaluation Society (AES) and online courses with specialists from a range of disciplines through Visual Insights People.



The focus on end-use of evaluation and research results promotes the application of findings for the direct and future benefit of organisations, communities and clients. Using a community-based participatory approach that continues beyond the evaluation or research report, I facilitate application of findings.

Evaluation participants having a chat.
Dr. Samatha Abbato


Person pointing at Theory of Change.