Meet the Evidence Institute

Meet the Team

Tiffany Roos

BEd, MEd (Educational Psychology)

Tiffany has extensive knowledge and experience as a leader of educational professional learning, translation of research into practice, and developing and delivering innovative evidence informed projects and programs. She is passionate about building the research capabilities of schools and educators, empowering transformational change, which in turn enables students to thrive. She has broad experience in a range of educational contexts, both internationally and nationally.

Dr Rachel Perry
Senior Research Specialist

BEd (Hons), PhD, CELTA

Rachel has a wide range of experience across school education, academia and government. She believes strongly in taking an interdisciplinary approach to research and is particularly interested in supporting the work of teachers through individualised action research. Her past projects and publications explore situated learning, community entanglement, teacher professional learning, arts, creativity and the impact of new and emerging technologies.

Rakhshinda Sayeed
Research Analyst and Liaison


Rakshinda is a committed, self-directed and highly skilled business support professional with exceptional administrative skill. She is proactive and reliable, with a meticulously detail –oriented approach to develop operation processes. Her past experience on Moodle, CRM, Basware, PEGA, Study Global & PRISM helps her to quickly adapt any IT systems. Rakhshinda has extensive knowledge and experience from working across the higher education’s admission and student services areas.   

Sandra Duggan
Consultant: School Improvement/Perspectives

DipTeach, BA (Hons), MEd (Leadership)

Sandra has worked in a range of independent schools as a teacher and leader. Whilst based in schools she contributed to various collegial projects, building networks with practitioners based on a deep respect for the role of context in understanding decision-making in schools. Her current work in school improvement and in data interpretation has emphasised to her the centrality of leadership in enacting positive educational change based on evidence-informed approaches.

Kate Ponsford
Administrative Project Officer

Kate is a skilled and dedicated administrator, joining the AIS from the executive search sector where she worked across the healthcare, not-for-profit and academic sectors. With extensive knowledge in administration, quality, training, and technology; Kate adapts quickly to new systems and readily translates her skills to improve the quality of projects and processes. She enjoys a challenge and is adept at balancing competing demands and priorities. 

Dr Shani Hartley
Senior Research Specialist

BComm GrDipEd MA MEd MRes PhD

Shani has considerable experience in education as a teacher in schools and universities, and as a facilitator of professional learning for teachers. She has a strong desire to improve school education through research informed practice and is particularly interested in the development of students’ critical thinking and problem solving. Her research has focused on curriculum and pedagogy and her PhD examined school-developed curriculum in the form of enterprise education.