Focus areas
Mixed research methodologies; evaluation and evidence

Head, Monitoring Evaluation and Learning

Marion earned her PhD in sociology from Stanford University in 2015. She joined the Social Policy and Research Centre in 2017 after moving to Melbourne from the San Francisco Bay area, where she evaluated education programs and studied political empowerment and mobilisation through community organisations.

She began her time at BSL by evaluating services for young people experiencing homelessness, child protection orders or justice orders. Through that work, she gained a passion for collaborative, adaptive evaluation approaches aimed at developing services on the ground.

In 2019, Marion moved to the Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning team where she is developing the BSL’s impact framework. Her interests include mixed methods research and the ethical, responsible and thoughtful use of data in program evaluation and monitoring. In 2021 she was appointed Acting Head of the team.


Selected BSL publications

Coddou, M, Borlagdan, J & Mallett, S 2019, Starting a future that means something to you: outcomes from a longitudinal study of Education First Youth Foyers

Coddou, M & Borlagdan, J 2018, From aspiration to opportunity: Developing Independence in out-of-home care