NIDA acknowledges the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the lands on which we learn and tell stories, the Bidjigal, Gadigal, Dharawal and Dharug peoples, and we pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders past and present.

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Rachael Bertram

Rachel is a social impact and evaluation specialist, based at the University of Technology Sydney. She is a co-founder and manager of the Social Impact Toolbox - a project aimed at democratising access to social impact measurement education and resources. Rachel has worked extensively across sectors delivering training and facilitating conversation, building the capacity organisations to plan, evaluate and report on the social impact of their work.

She is a published academic currently undertaking her PhD with a focus on how Indigenous and spiritual knowledges inform how we define and measure success – what constitutes a thriving community, a functioning society, and personal wellbeing? Her research explores the intersection of ecological wisdom, community leadership and evaluation as a meaning- making mechanism.

Rachel has been awarded the Mark Lyons Award for excellence in Not-for-Profit and Social Enterprise Management, and received an Order of Australia Certificate of Commendation for her community service. She has a Masters of Management in Community & Not-for-Profit studies from UTS, and undergraduate degrees from Sydney University in psychology, economic geography and world religion.