Samantha Togni is an evaluator and applied social researcher based in Alice Springs. For the last 20 years Samantha has worked with, and for, regional and remotely-based Aboriginal organisations in the areas of Aboriginal health, wellbeing, art and culture. Samantha commenced her research career with Menzies School of Health Research working on a number of evaluations of community-based initiatives to reduce alcohol misuse and related harm across central and northern Australia as well as the evaluation of the Katherine West Coordinated Care Trial (1998-2001) – a large scale systems change initiative.
More recently Samantha has worked as an independent evaluator and since 2012, she has been evaluating programs and initiatives for the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (NPY) Women’s Council in Central Australia. Over the last four years, Samantha has led the developmental evaluation of the NPY Women’s Council’s multi-award winning Uti Kulintjaku Project, which is an innovative bicultural mental health literacy initiative led by senior Aboriginal women. Since 2013, Samantha has also been engaged as a research and evaluation consultant with the Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care (COE) where she leads the developmental evaluation of HOMES – an exploratory study which developed and implemented a home-based, case management model of patient-centred care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with complex chronic disease at the COE. This work is included as a case study in the 2015 Developmental Evaluation Exemplars edited by Michael Quinn Patton, Kate McKegg and Nan Wehipeihana. Samantha is currently undertaking her PhD in developmental evaluation through RMIT University.
Working with a team of Aboriginal community researchers with lived experience of dialysis, Samantha is also currently engaged by Menzies School of Health Research to undertake the qualitative research within the Dialysis Models of Care Project.