Dr Leah Tang
Dr Leah Tang
Leah has extensive experience designing, conducting and supervising analysis that drives policy impacts through quantitative and qualitative research. She draws on economics frameworks, evaluation methods, and a deep understanding of policy design and development to look for system-level insights.
Prior to joining Sapere, Leah has undertaken multiple evaluations and economic advisory engagements for State and Commonwealth Governments, including funding model and market design, impact and benefits realisation analysis, program review and evaluation. She has worked closely with policy subject matter experts to build their understanding of these approaches and how they can support policy decisions.
Leah’s PhD in public policy traced the transition of Victorian disability services funding from block grants to individual support packages. She is fascinated by the ways policy choices balance economic structures, societal aspirations, and individual consumer needs.
She is a member of the Australasian Evaluation Society.
- Economic and market analysis
- Health and wellbeing
- State, regional and local government
Qualifications & accolades
- Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne
- PhD (Public Policy) from the University of Melbourne
Recent work highlights include:
- Supported the NSW Department of Education’s transition to a needs-based funding model for students with disability, including provider evaluation, an M&E framework, and providing capability uplift for decision-makers.
- Led rapid reviews of innovative social support programs including family violence and behaviour change, youth justice, youth employment, and out of school hours care.
- Provided implementation and impact evaluation and advice to the Victorian Department of Education as they established the High Intensity Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) for students with disability, including longitudinal evaluation, cost-benefit analysis, design of market development supports, and establishing market design principles.