Cara Donohue

BA, Anthropology (Summa cum Laude), University of Colorado MA, International Development, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Research Associate

Cara Donohue has been a research associate with RREALI since October 2020. She specialises in evaluation, research, and program design, particularly using realist and theory-based approaches. Cara has a work background in the international and community development fields, and has worked in university, international and domestic NGO settings. She has experience with programs serving at-risk youth, low-income, disabled, refugee, Indigenous, and rural populations. 


  • Realist research and evaluation
  • Evaluation use
  • Design, Monitoring and Evaluation in International Development
  • Participatory approaches to International Development
  • Realist review commissioned by the Movement for Community-Led Development (MCLD) to investigate whether and how local leadership and facilitation contribute to equity and resilience, with a special focus on nutrition outcomes
  • Realist evaluation of Agricultural Innovation Platforms within programs funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR)
Cara Donohue


T: 0423 475 977

Based in Melbourne, Victoria