Services Provided

SDF Pty Ltd supports and facilitates strategic planning, policy development, research and assessment processes. It undertakes this work through short-term assignments or by long-term mentoring and support relationships.

SDF Pty Ltd focuses on undertaking projects at the interface between social, economic and environment sectors. The senior partner undertakes international consultancy to organisations such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank and the U.N.

SDF Pty Ltd also undertakes a range of short term projects, e.g. developing policy submissions, strategic and business plans, facilitating workshops, community consultation and project design, development, evaluation and resource mobilisation.

SDF Pty Ltd is a registered business, ABN 71606105248 and has Public and Professional Indemnity insurance. SDF has a strong commitment to professional and capability building and is a registered Priority Access Employer (Registration No. 04175).

The core capabilities of SDF include cutting edge expertise in:


Dorothy is the Executive Director of SDF Global, a consulting firm with a focus on sustainable development that works on social enterprise principles. Dorothy has been working internationally as an evaluator and advisor for a range of United Nations, World Bank and Asian Development Bank programs for over twenty five years, as well as for private sector, government and not-for-profit programs in Australia. Dorothy is actively involved in the Australasian Evaluation Society Professional Learning Committee and Strategic Engagement Taskforce. She also currently represents AES on the International Organisation for Cooperation in Evaluation (IOCE) Board and the EvalPartners Management Group.

Dorothy Lucks has led evaluation teams up mountains, to remote islands and into refugee camps in her work for the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank amongst others. Both internationally and in Australia, she has conducted evaluations related to private and public sector investments, crime and safety, disability, mental health, youth, participatory community development, microfinance, irrigation, employment development, self-determination with indigenous people, food security, amongst a host of other topics. These often include major program evaluations, stakeholder engagement processes and high level workshops. Dorothy is on the panel for Quality Evaluations for both the Mental Health Commission and Disability Services Commission.

Maria Price has been conducting evaluations for local and State government departments as well as independent organisations for several years and has a clear understanding of the requirements of different sectors and departments and acquittal requirements.

Dorothy and Maria are members of the Australasian Evaluation Society and all SDF team members attend conferences and seminars to ensure they are up to date with latest methodology and trends

Evaluation related activities include:

  • Evaluation design and framework development
  • Project and program evaluations
  • Process evaluation and review
  • Realist evaluation methodology
  • Thematic research based evaluation
  • Meta analysis


  • Community needs analysis
  • Community based asset management
  • Consultation (community and stakeholder)
  • Recognise potential in diversity
  • Demographic profiling
  • Research methods – qualitative and quantitative
  • Social research

Strategic planning, organisational development and policy

  • Community governance
  • Public-private partnerships initiation and management
  • Facilitation and stakeholder management
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Project management (concept, design, plan, execute)
  • Change Management
  • Crisis/issues resolution and management
  • Residential estate management
  • Corporate strategic planning
  • Sustainability planning
  • Organisational development

Consultation, Communications, Marketing and Media

  • Community marketing (identity/branding)
  • Communication planning
  • Corporate positioning in community
  • Crisis/issues resolution
  • Sponsorship design and management
  • Community relations/affairs
  • Graphic design
  • Film and television

Stakeholder and Community Engagement, Building Social Capital

  • Community creation/formation
  • Community engagement/participation
  • Capacity building (individuals, communities, organisations)
  • Urban renewal/revitalisation
  • Community relations
  • Training and education
  • Facilitation, partnerships brokering, stakeholder management
  • Establish community groups/management structures

Facilities planning and management

  • Community infrastructure planning
  • Concept planning
  • Feasibility analysis of facility proposals
  • Facility management and operations planning
  • Community facility needs analysis
  • Facility renewal/revitalisation
  • Facility investment/funding attraction
  • Facilitation of provision agreements, partnerships brokering
  • Stakeholder liaison and management
  • Town centre/main street planning and activation

Events, activities and programs

  • Program development
  • Project management (concept, design, plan, execute)
  • Event design, marketing and management
  • Facilitation, partnerships brokering, stakeholder management

Business, economic and employment generation

  • Business and employment generation initiatives
  • Economic development strategies
  • Facilitation, partnerships brokering, stakeholder management