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Emma Doust

Emma Doust

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Senior Managing Consultant

Emma is a managing consultant in Melbourne with experience in evaluation, policy and research. She has worked in both government and research organisations for over 15 years across Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the UK. At Sapere, she specialises in evaluations and regulatory reviews in legal, regulatory and health spaces.

Prior to Sapere, she was the sole evaluator for the Legal Services Society, Vancouver. At this role she was in charge of the evaluation program for the society, conducting process and impact evaluations. She has also worked across the New Zealand government in policy, operational policy and research roles, mainly in health, business and cultural spaces.



  • Evaluations
  • Regulatory and cost benefit analysis
  • Strategy and business cases


  • Health and wellbeing
  • Public sector policy and finance
  • Science & innovation
  • State, regional and local government
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Qualifications & accolades

  • Bachelor of Laws from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • Bachelor of Science (Chemistry and Technology) from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • Master of Health (Distinction) from Victoria University of Wellington (NZ)
  • Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand

Recent work highlights include:

  • lapsing program evaluation of the Small Business Digital Adaptation Program for DJPR
  • evaluation of the Research and Development Cashflow Loan Initiative for Invest Victoria
  • analysis of biosecurity legislation across Australia and New Zealand for Agriculture Victoria
  • review of the adequacy of the current financial assurance framework for DELWP with regards to high-risk and contaminated sites
  • rapid literature reviews for the New Zealand Ministry of Health
  • development of model provisions for selected permit types across local Victorian Councils


Case studies

Insights into the operation of New Zealand’s conformance system for the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment

Literature review on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infants for the Ministry of Health

Report on continence best practice in New Zealand for Continence New Zealand