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Mark
Power

Senior Manager, Domestic Programs and Knowledge Management Lead, Abt Australia

Mark Power is an experienced senior program manager and evaluator with more than 18 years of experience in Australia and the Pacific. His work spans research, population health, governance, justice, re-integration, community development, international development, social enterprise, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander wellbeing.

Mark has managed and overseen more than 20 high-profile, complex programs supporting national and state governments in Australia (Queensland, Victoria, and Northern Territory), and the broader Pacific region (Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Fiji). His skills, experience, and expertise extend to public health, management, financial oversight, facilitation, business development, and economics.

Mark oversees the co-design, trial, and evaluation of an innovative youth justice program to help improve the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children returning from detention. Funded by the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Youth Through-Care is designed to reduce recidivism through holistic case management by focusing on culture and client-centered design.

Mark facilitated an 18-month co-design process across three states with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, service providers, and state governments. He designed the evaluation strategy, co-designed the data collection instruments, reporting platform, and dashboards, and oversees quarterly feedback.

Mark has successfully led monitoring and evaluation projects for a variety of clients, including the National Indigenous Australians Agency, Queensland Corrective Services, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and the Asian Development Bank. With strong skills in evaluation design, data collection, and analysis, he has evaluated many innovative programs and produced tangible recommendations. Some of the recent examples include working to improve the re-entry programs in Queensland through the evaluation of in-prison and post-release services and improving the clinical handover process for aged care services in Queensland.

Expertise

  • Portfolio, Program and Project Management
  • Reviews, evaluation and monitoring services
  • Co-design, facilitation, stakeholder engagement and coordination
  • Data analysis qualitative, quantitative
  • Population Health, Public Health, Research
  • Justice and reintegration programs
  • Governance, Community Development and International Development
  • Business Development, Economics and Financial Planning
  • Clinical governance, safety and quality

Key Projects

  • Youth Through-Care for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (NIAA)
  • Adult Through-Care for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (NIAA)
  • Evaluation of CREST and QCS System Re-entry Service (QCS)
  • Evaluation of clinical handovers for residential aged care facilities (PHN)
  • Formative Evaluation of ADB’s Rural Primary Health Service Delivery Project in PNG (ADB)
  • Evaluator, Specialist Health Unit, (DFAT)
  • PNG Governance Facility (DFAT)
  • KOMPAK Governance for Growth, Indonesia (DFAT)
  • Knowledge Hubs for Health Initiative, Health Information System Knowledge Hub UQ, (DFAT)
  • Indigenous Environmental Health Infrastructure Program, (FHCSIA)
  • Evaluation framework for the Papua New Guinea Australia Sexual Health Improvement Program, (DFAT)
  • Baseline Study, Solomon Island Road Improvement (Capacity) Project, (DFAT)
  • Youth Challenge International, Vanuatu, (DFAT)

Publications

  • Improve cause-of-death certification training for doctors - Policy Brief
  • The Pacific Health Information Network - a mechanism for change through collaboration, capacity building and advocacy - Story of Change
  • Investing in Health Information Systems - Policy Brief
  • Improving civil registration systems and vital statistics in the Asia-Pacific region - Story of Change
  • Strengthening civil registration & vital statistics in Asia and the Pacific: A policy brief for building on progress.
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