Our People

Established in January 2012, InsideOut Policy Research comprises owner and Director, Tracy Byrne (PhD) and her network of smart and dynamic associates, all of whom have extensive backgrounds in research, policy analysis, education, and/or program evaluation. In addition to our core team, InsideOut is connected to and collaborates with a network of experienced consultants and researchers from a variety of professional backgrounds.

Tracy Byrne (PhD),
Director

Tracy Byrne is an accomplished research consultant with exceptional communication skills and a strong background in social and health policy and practice. She has 20 years of professional experience as a researcher, writer and teacher/facilitator, and a proven track record of delivering projects on schedule, within budget and to exacting standards of quality. Tracy has successfully guided a variety of research and evaluation projects on a broad range of policy and programmatic issues. With a PhD in English Literature from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, she brings finely honed research, analytical and writing skills to bear on all her projects. Tracy approaches her role as Director of InsideOut Policy Research with passion and intelligence, and a commitment to exceeding the expectations of her clients. Tracy is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Public Administration, University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Jenny Weston (PhD),
Senior Associate

Jenny Weston has a background in research, analysis, writing, and editing. She earned a PhD in History from Leiden University (Netherlands), and has served as an Adjunct Professor of writing at Rutgers University (New Jersey). She has published articles and chapters on a wide array of historical topics, including the history of reading, book culture, and education. As an associate of InsideOut Policy Research, Jenny has provided research, analysis, and facilitation support for a variety of projects, demonstrating her comprehensive research skills and ability to analyze and synthesize material with precision. In 2018, Jenny became the founding director of Redpoint Research in Victoria, BC. She maintains a strong interest in the fields of social policy, advocacy, and education in both Canadian and international contexts.

Jenneka Janzen, PhD
Associate

With experience in academia and the private sector, Jenneka Janzen brings a keen eye for detail to her work. Driven by a background in instructional design, grant writing and teaching, Jenneka is skilled at synthesizing complex concepts and research findings for audiences with a range of needs and backgrounds. She is adept at collecting, analyzing, and communicating data in a variety of research fields, and strives to participate in multidisciplinary and collaborative studies. Born in British Columbia, Jenneka earned a PhD in History from Leiden University (Netherlands). In addition to providing research and writing support to InsideOut, she freelances internationally as a researcher, project manager, editor, and copywriter. She is especially interested in the key role of evidence-based, community-informed, and inclusive research in the development of policy and practice.

Marcia Anderson (BA, BEd),
Associate

Marcia is a highly skilled and creative educator with 25 years of experience working in educational centres in British Columbia and Alberta. Marcia has developed numerous curricula, year plans and educational resources. Her approach to curriculum development is evidence-informed and student-centred. She prioritizes the creation of active, real-world learning opportunities that meet the needs of visual, aural and tactile learners and that support students’ ability to reflect upon and apply their learning. Marcia holds a Bachelor of Education, a Bachelor of Arts in Child & Youth Care, and a Certificate in Early Childhood Administration. She brings a robust understanding of pedagogy and a passion for education to InsideOut’s curriculum development and education outreach projects.

Samantha Morris (MA, BSc),
Associate

Samantha has worked in academia and the public service as a researcher, writer, editor, and facilitator, and is passionate about supporting evidence-informed policy and practice. Prior to joining the InsideOut team as a consultant, Samantha was a Research Coordinator with the B.C. Government.  She has an MA in history, a BSc in nursing, and a strong background in social research.  Samantha is passionate about public health, obstetrics, and women’s health and is committed to health promotion and evidence-based practice across the health care system.

Dawn Nickel (PhD),
Senior Associate

Dawn is an accomplished and resilient leader with over 20 years of private and public sector experience, primarily developing and directing complex research programs. Prior to joining InsideOut Dawn ran a high functioning unit that sought to increase cross-governmental capacity for evidence-informed policy and decision-making. Dawn brings a wealth of business knowledge and management experience to the InsideOut team, but her current role draws more specifically upon her academic background. With a PhD in social and health care policy, Dawn has expertise in qualitative and mixed-method research design and deployment, as well as outstanding analytical, writing and editing abilities.

“We are passionate about supporting excellence in policy and program development for the education, health and social service sectors.”

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This