School of Arts

Lynda McRae

Name: Lynda McRae
Location: Gippsland Campus, Churchill


Bachelor of Social & Community Welfare, Monash University, 2012

Grade 6 Journalist, 1992


Lynda is currently completing her PhD as part of the Inner Gippsland Children and Youth Area Partnership (IGCYAP) research collaboration. Prior to commencing her PhD Lynda spent more than 20 years working as a print journalist and political media adviser, later co-directing a Gippsland-based communications agency. After completion of her Bachelor of Social & Community Welfare Lynda also worked for a range of community service organisations in project roles and as a research assistant on several evaluation projects with Monash University & Federation University.

PhD Topic Summary

Engaging young people living in out-of-home care in the decision-making processes affecting their lives.

This research topic evolved from the Inner Gippsland Children & Youth Area Partnership’s focus on the voices of children and young people in out-of-home care. The key research question asks what we can learn from front-line workers about the opportunities and constraints in engaging young people in out-of-home care in the decisions which affect their lives.

This is being undertaken as a Participatory Action Research study, drawing on the perspectives of out-of-home care workers in Inner Gippsland across multiple phases of data collection. A blend of Critical Theory and Capability Approach theories is being used to support data analysis.

Evidence gathered as part of this study is being used to identify a range of predominantly local interventions and supports aimed at contributing to attitudinal, organisational and systemic change in Inner Gippsland’s out-of-home care sector.

Conference Presentations

Crinall, K. & McRae, L. ‘Adaptive evaluation: Reflections on a multi-layered, participatory action methodology to evaluate a partnership strategy for the Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women (PMVAW) in regional Victoria’. Australasian Evaluation Society 2015 International Evaluation Conference.


Crinall, K. McRae, L. & Laming, C. (2015) The Gippsland Prevention of Men’s Violence Against Women Strategy Final Evaluation Report, Churchill: SACRU, Federation University Australia.

Crinall, K. & McRae, L. (2016) Ermha Evaluation Report, Churchill: SACRU, Federation University Australia.


Golden Key International Honour Society