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Design | Evaluation | Facilitation | Participation


Leanganook Yarn facilitates collaborative effort and practice to build the foundation of projects, programs and organisations for improved effectiveness and to inspire change.

Our underlying approach is to use participatory and strength-based processes to assist you to do what you do better.  We support organisations, programs and projects to work more effectively in complex, cross-cultural environments.  We build deep analytical rigour for strategic direction.




We use Theory of Change/program logic and outcome mapping to rigorously design projects, programs and undertake strategic planning.



We use a variety of processes and facilitation styles depending on an assessment of your needs. We are emergent facilitators: this means that we do good planning and preparation but on the day we facilitate what needs to be facilitated, adaptively, and if that means adjusting or throwing out the plans, then so be it.



We undertake participatory evaluation using mixed methods, program logic (Theory of Change), the Most Significant Change technique, analysis workshop and visual reporting.
Together we build the organisation’s capacity to build meaningful monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks.



Working with executive and leadership teams, we help to plan and implement organisational change.



Our individual and small group coaching develops and supports reflective practice, with a focus on adaptive leadership.



We also hold public training events on all the methods and tools we use.


We work with Government departments and agencies, NGOs and community groups across a range of program areas, including international development, social justice, sustainability, conservation and natural resource management, and gender equity.

Here are some examples of our work:

Our clients include:

Panel memberships:

We have been a Monitoring and Evaluation Panel member of Pacific Women shaping pacific development, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, since 2016.

We have been an Aid Advisory Services panel member for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade since 2013.

The team



Natalie is the principal consultant in participatory program design, monitoring and evaluation. This includes facilitation work in community development contexts, both internationally, and in Australia with Indigenous Australians, International NGOs and the Australian Community and Government sectors.

Natalie’s participatory approach uses Appreciative Inquiry, Theory of Change, Program Logic, Outcome Mapping and the Most Significant Change technique (MSC) and is taking a leading role in adapting the Most Significant Change technique.

Natalie works in Australia, the Asia Pacific and with Indigenous Australia.



Jane is the principal consultant in gender equity, change management and executive coaching.

She has over 25 years experience working in the Australian NGO sector, working primarily in social justice organisations, predominantly in executive and leadership roles.

She has developed particular expertise in leading change through a process of participatory reflection and analysis, with a focus on developing an organisational culture that supports change.

Previous executive appointments include Executive Officer, Advocacy & Rights Centre, Manager, Asbestos Diseases Society of Victoria and CEO, Australian Plaintiff Lawyers Association. In recent years she has developed a focus on gender equity, undertaking roles in the prevention of violence against women in local government and women’s health sectors.



Stuart has been working for the past 25 years almost exclusively in the field of conservation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and ecological processes.  He works with government agencies and non-state actors (both private sector and civil society organisations) in the following areas: protected areas and protected area systems (development, establishment, developing capacity, monitoring effectiveness), community-based natural resource management, payment for ecosystem services (including tourism development), mitigating the impacts of extractive industries in sensitive environments.  He uses a variety of participatory techniques to carry out the evaluation, and design and development of projects and programmes.  He has worked in over 20 countries across Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions.

Comments from our clients:

“Leanganook Yarn is rigorous, inquiring, tailored, outcome focused, pragmatic, sustainable, ethical, values driven, grounded, local/global.  A unique combination of evaluation and OD expertise facilitating bridges to organisational/program effectiveness”  – Gini, Learning & Development Manager, Oxfam Australia

“Natalie works with people to help them discover their dreams and harness the power they have already and give them ways of thinking and doing and simply being that mean they can continue doing and being the best they can! She gently break down barriers between people so they see the gift in others”.  – Meagan, Manager Monitoring & Evaluation, Anglicare PNG

“Natalie gathers groups to creatively plan, learn and communicate”  – Carl, Indigenous Program Manager, Caritas Australia

“Natalie brings a lens to efforts and achievements” – Nikki, Program Manager Indigenous Ecological Knowledge, Central Land Council

"Natalie effectively enquires, appropriately challenges, focuses and engages the team and transforms the work." – Jane, CEO Advocacy & Rights Centre

“Natalie coaxes insights and confidence to explore and enable positive change. Her methodologies provide clear and tangible pathways and working with her is a joy and inspiration” – Jane, Director Indigenous Health NSW, Australian Department of Health

Social & environmental sustainability

Leanganook Yarn is a social enterprise that strives for environmental sustainability.

Leanganook Yarn works with one client annually in a pro bono capacity. Wages are capped and any income earned above this is reinvested into collaborative projects. These are projects that build community and international tools and methods profiling Indigenous peoples’ methodological developments and improve indigenous led program design.

Leanganook Yarn strives for environmental sustainability we are solar powered, and reuse, recycle and repurpose where possible.  We prefer workshops to involve non-bottled water, glass glasses and china plates and metal cutlery; and are happy to pitch in with the washing if that is an issue.  For catering, wholesome, organic meals from local sources is preferred.  The nature of this work involves a lot of travel and hence the consumption of carbon miles. To counter this, we undertake revegetation work, pulling weeds and planting native bush plants in two locations.

The name

Leanganook is the DjaDja Wurrung (the local Indigenous people) word for the mountain that dominates the landscape where we are based.  Leanganook is situated in the central goldfields, near the town of Castlemaine and in the Mount Alexander Shire, in Victoria, Australia. This is Dja Dja Wurrung country.

Yarn is a word used often in Australian Aboriginal English describing people talking to each other in a relaxed way.  It represents story telling and the significant place that yarning holds in building relationships and undertaking work with people, projects and organisations.  Yarn is also a thread used in many women’s craft, and for us represents women weaving their story into the strength of an organisation and program.  The yarn in women’s craft can hold their social, cultural and spiritual traditions and strength.  This is also about the consideration of gender in our work.

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