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DR Ruth Aston




  • Ruth Aston is a Research Fellow and Lecturer at the Centre for Program Evaluation at The University of
    Melbourne. Ruth is currently working on several evaluation in education and public health, including the Evaluation of the Indigenous Australians' Health Programme and the Evaluation of the Differentiated Support for School Improvement in Victoria
    Her skills and expertise include communicating and collaborating with
    stakeholders, project planning, the construction of measurement instruments and program logics,
    data collection and analysis and research dissemination through reports and seminars. Ruth has a background in health systems and health services research, program evaluation and educational evaluation
    Her research at the University of Auckland involved working primarily on a three-year
    national project investigating the workforce effectiveness of health promotion workers in New

    Ruth completed her PhD and investigated social change in public health. Focussing
    particularly on the development of success criteria for articulating success in achieving outcomes in complex multi-level, multi-site
    interventions in communities aiming to achieve social change in health outcomes. This is where her research interests lie, and she is testing measurement models to capture and test criteria for successful implementation (and effectiveness) of complex interventions (policy, programmes, initiatives) to achieve enduring social change


Member of

  • Health Services Research Association Australia and New Zealand. Member 2015 -
  • Australasian Evaluation Society. Member 2014 -
  • Australian Public Health Association. Member 2014 -
  • American Evaluation Association. Member 2013 -


Selected publications



Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 2019
  • BHSC (hon), University of Auckland 2011
  • BHSC, University of Auckland 2010

Awards and honors

  • Emerging New Talent, Australasian Evaluation Society, 2014
  • Australian Postgraduate Award, University of Melbourne, 2012


Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • My research interests include social impact measurement, complex intervention design, Implementation Science, and implementation evaluation.