Dr. Ellise Barkley​

Principal Consultant

Ellise brings experience and skills in designing, managing and implementing evaluation in complex contexts, with a background in stakeholder engagement, co-design and communications.

Ellise has over 20 years of experience in project management, impact research and evaluation in industry, government, community, business, non-government, and university settings. Through her work, Ellise has held executive and senior leadership roles on international and community level cultural, education, sustainability, community development, and arts initiatives.

As a practitioner, Ellise’s primary interests include participatory evaluation and stakeholder brokerage and she enjoys working with collaborations and in interdisciplinary and cross-cultural partnership contexts. Since working at Clear Horizon, she has played a lead role in developing evaluation frameworks and tools for place-based approaches and pursued her interest in developmental evaluation and social innovation.


In 2016, Ellise completed a doctorate in evaluation at Queensland University of Technology, leading the co-design and implementation of an evaluation framework for an international creative communities partnership initiative involving over 40 partners across 16 projects. In addition to producing evaluation-related communications and reporting, Ellise has published peer-reviewed journal papers, conference presentations, and developed education and learning resources including co-authoring a tertiary science and engineering textbook on environmental decision-making.

Beyond evaluation, Ellise is inspired by the natural environment and is involved in hands-on learning on how to grow and share food via suburban edible forests.


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Dr Jess Dart

CEO & Founder

Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to become clear about their desired outcomes and how to get there.

Recipient of the 2018 AES Award for outstanding contribution to evaluation, Jess has over 25 years experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives and strategies in Australia and overseas.

In October 2005, Jess founded Clear Horizon Consulting and is now CEO. She is also a board member of the Australasian Evaluation society.

Jess is passionate about developing and designing real world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. She particularly works with systems change interventions, large scale strategy and social innovation. After completing her PhD she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages.

MSC is well suited to evaluation in the complex emergent context. The latest innovation by Jess, Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), is a collaborative form of impact evaluation.

Jess is also an active mum and has two teenage boys. In a quiet moment, she loves reading far-future science fiction and enjoys long distance running.

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