Practising good ideas


Real Politic Consulting was instrumental in delivering a large-scale legal need analysis of the South East region of Victoria. This complex project involved harnessing the collective wisdom of numerous stakeholders and applying technical methodologies. Sam Horsfield managed the project enthusiastically and professionally. She led project partners in navigating the process, collating, synthesising and analysing considerable and disparate data, and articulating findings. In addition to providing an important evidence base for service planning in the region, Sam ensured that this project acts as a helpful precedent for future legal need analyses. It was a pleasure to work with Sam and I have received consistently positive feedback from stakeholders regarding both the management of the project and the quality of the final report.

Dan Nicholson, Director – Access and Equity, Victoria Legal Aid

The Impact Investment Group (IIG) manages investment opportunities that intentionally promote social and environmental, as well as economic prosperity. Sam assisted IIG to clearly articulate its purpose, value proposition and activities in a language and narrative that resonated with our investors, partners and clients. We were most impressed by the speed at which Sam understood our organisation’s vision and purpose and the way that she could order and reorganise our thoughts to present a clear and concise message. Sam is professional, very smart, has the ability to see the world from multiple perspectives, is committed to delivering an exceptional level of service and is a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend Real Politic Consulting’s services.

Will Richardson, Chief Investment Officer, Impact Investment Group

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Domestic Violence Victoria is the peak body for Family Violence services in Victoria. Sam has provided consultancy services to DV Vic on a number of separate projects. Sam contributes perspective, discerns pathways through challenging situations and is able to turn potential risks into opportunities. She is an excellent communicator, and provides strategic advice and counsel that is both ‘big picture’ as well as achievable, high impact, and relevant to our organisation and context. The benefits to DVVic from our engagement with Sam have been considerable. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

Fiona McCormack, CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria

Real Politic Consulting provided the Department of Justice with invaluable assistance to deliver a significant project within a tight deadline. Sam worked with our team to deliver our new Certificate IV in Government (Court Services) – a nationally recognized qualification for court and tribunal registry staff and trainee registrars. Sam was a real find. She was responsive, professional, highly competent, and delightful to work with. I highly recommend Real Politic Consulting’s services.

Karen Edson, Assistant Director Human Resources – Court Services, Department of Justice

Sam has provided strategic consulting to my team on a number of occasions. As the team is made up of social policy and community development professionals working within local government, Sam’s understanding of government and the political environment was extremely beneficial. Her ability to tailor her approach to the needs of the team was evident in how the team engaged with challenging issues. She is responsive, professional and achieves outcomes.

Nalika Peiris, Unit Manager – Community Development and Social Policy, Moreland City Council

I have participated in two workshops facilitated by Sam Horsfield of Real Politic Consulting. One was for the development of a strategic policy and advocacy framework for a community partnership and one was to assist the consultative group that I chair to implement its mandate under the partnership’s strategic plan. Both areas have a level of complexity in relation to the roles and responsibilities of each partner. Sam was able to help us achieve a clear understanding of our direction and develop accessible processes for further progressing our work. Her clarity and ability to engage with diverse groups was a breath of fresh air. I look forward to working with Sam again in the future.

Angela Weller, Program Manager – Child and Family Counselling Program, Australian Childhood Foundation

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