Dr Duncan Rintoul



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Duncan is a respected social researcher and evaluator with over 20 years’ experience in consultancy, academic and public sector roles.  He is a mixed methodologist by training, with strong skills in qualitative and quantitative methods.

Work history

Duncan established Rooftop Social in 2013. Other roles have included:

  • Wesley Mission - Strategic community development planning in Sydney's North West Growth Sector (1999-2000)

  • Urbis - Social Policy, Evaluation and Research team (2000-2010)

  • University of Wollongong - Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research (2011-2013)

  • NSW Department of Education - Manager, Evaluation Capacity Building (2015-2019).


  • PhD, University of Wollongong (2019)

  • Master of Policy Studies, University of NSW (2011)

  • BSc (Applied Economic Geography), UNSW (1999).


Recent Rooftop Social projects

  • Rapid developmental evaluation of the Agency for Clinical Innovation's response to the COVID-19 pandemic (part of the NSW Health system)

  • Review of resources and support materials that support teachers and school leaders to use evidence as part of school improvement cycles, for the Victorian Department of Education and Training.

  • Evaluation of a blended online professional learning course for Anti-Racism Contact Officers (ARCOs) in NSW government schools

  • Stakeholder engagement and facilitation support for Legal Aid NSW

  • Customised evaluation training for the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia (AISSA), Transport for NSW, the Victorian Country Fire Authority and the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

Recent projects with UTS

Duncan is an Associate at the Institute for Public Policy and Governance, University of Technology Sydney. His recent projects with this group include:

  • evaluation of the second phase of the NSW Literacy and Numeracy Action Plan

  • development of an outcome and indicator framework for asbestos management in NSW

  • co-delivery of a public 5-hour online course: getting started with evaluation.


Evaluation capacity building resources

From 2015-19, Duncan established and led a team responsible for building internal capacity for evaluation and use of evidence across the NSW Department of Education. For a sample of the resources developed as part of this project, including videos of Duncan talking about evaluative thinking and logic modelling, see the NSW DoE Evaluation Resource Hub.  


Duncan's PhD is in questionnaire design: 'Visual and interactive reseponse formats in web surveys: Do they produce better data, or is it all just fun and games?'. Excerpts from this work have been published in the International Journal of Market Research and have twice won Best Paper at the Research Society conference (2012 and 2014). 

Affiliations and publications

  • Duncan served on the Board of the Australian Evaluation Society from 2012-16 and remains a regular contributor to AES conferences and committees.

  • Within the Research Society (formerly the Australian Market and Social Research Society - AMSRS), Duncan established the Government and Social Research Network in 2011 and has served on numerous conference committees.