Professor Michele Haynes

Professor of Data Analytics in Education
Data Analytics in Education


Areas of expertise: statistical methodology; longitudinal data analysis; administrative data analysis; data analytics for education research; survey methods

Phone: 07 38616166


Location: ACU Brisbane Campus

ORCID ID: 0000-0003-2718-3954

Michele Haynes is professor of data analytics for education research at ILSTE and a program director with ACU’s Research Centre for Digital Data and Assessment in Education. She is a Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Science and is an accredited statistician (Statistical Society of Australia) with extensive experience as a statistical methodologist, statistical consultant and project leader in quantitative social research. . Michele has expertise in the estimation of complex models for social applications using data from multiple sources including national panel surveys and government administrative data. Her research focus is on methodological innovation for longitudinal education research including analysis of academic performance and well-being trajectories for students through the school years and identifying the factors that trigger improvements and maintain performance. Michele has recently partnered with the Queensland Department of Education to investigate factors that impact on long-term achievement and retention for students on the autism spectrum disorder in Queensland government schools using the Department’s longitudinal administrative data.  She is an investigator on ILSTE’s GTPA Standards and Moderation project, and on the Workforce Studies Series that investigates the longitudinal performance trajectories of initial teacher education candidates and the impact on preparedness for teaching on entry to the workforce.

Michele has influenced social statistics research through editorial roles including Associate Editor for the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society) and Statistical Advisor for the International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, as well as through the delivery of professional training in longitudinal data analysis to government and industry personnel. She has considerable experience leading projects for government agencies, including the Queensland Department of Education, Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment, Australian Federal Police, Australian Government Department of Social Services, and the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet.

Curriculum vitae

Select Publications

  • Spallek, M. and Haynes, M. (2020). Post-school transitions for children in out-of-home-care: evidence from the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset. Journal of Youth Studies. doi: 10.1080/13676261.2020.1781803.
  • Goldstein, H., Haynes, M., Leckie, G., Tran P. (2020). Estimating reliability statistics and measurement error variances using instrumental variables with longitudinal data. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. Published online 20 April 2020.
  • Bon, J., Baffour, B., Spallek, M. and Haynes, M. (2020). Analysing sensitive data from dynamically generated overlapping contingency tables. Journal of Official Statistics. Published online 15 Jun 2020,.
  • Spallek, M., Haynes, M., Baxter, J. and Kapelle, N. (2020). The value of government administrative data for longitudinal research: relationship separation and receipt of Australian income support payments. International Journal of Social Research Methodology.
  • Haynes, M., O’Rourke, T., Baffour, B., Nash, D., York, S., Chainey, C., Betros, G., and Memmott, P. (2019). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander preferences for healthcare settings: effective use of design images in survey research. Australian Health Review.
  • Marquart, L. and Haynes, M. (2019). Misspecification of multimodal random effect distributions in logistic mixed models for panel survey data. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A. 182(1): 305-321.
  • Povey, J., Campbell, A., Willis, L., Haynes, M., Western, M., Bennett, S., Antrobus, E. and Pedde, C. (2016). Engaging parents in schools and building parent-school partnerships: The role of school and parent organisation leadership. International Journal of Educational Research. Volume 79: 128-141.
  • O’Flaherty, M., Baxter, J., Haynes, M., and Turrell, G. (2016). The Family Life Course and Health: Partnership and Fertility Histories and Physical Health Trajectories in Later Life. Demography, 53(3): 777-804.
  • Baffour, B., Haynes, M., Western, M., Pennay, D., Misson, S. and Martinez Jnr, A. (2016). Weighting strategies for combining data from dual frame telephone surveys: evidence from Australia. Journal of Official Statistics, 32(3): 549-578.
  • Haynes M., Baxter, J., Hewitt, B and Western, M. (2015). Time on housework and selection into and out of relationships in Australia: A multiprocess, multilevel approach. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. 6(3): 245-263.
  • Couzens, D., Haynes, M. and Cuskelly, M. (2012). Individual and environmental characteristics associated with cognitive development in Down syndrome: A longitudinal study. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities. 25:396-413.
  • Haynes M.A., Mengersen K.L. and Rippon P.G. (2008). Generalised control charts for non-normal data using g-and-k distributions. Communications in Statistics – Simulation and Computation. 37(9):1881-1903.
  • Pettitt, A.N., Tran, T.T., Haynes, M.A. and Hay, J.L. (2006). A Bayesian Hierarchical Model for Categorical Longitudinal Data from a Social Survey of Immigrants. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A. 169(1):97-114.


  • 2019-2020 Education Horizon Grant, Haynes, M. Cumming, J., Spallek, M., Hwang, Y-S., Factors that impact on long-term achievement and retention for students with autism spectrum disorder in Queensland government schools: Evidence from administrative data. $84,540
  • 2017-2020, Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme, Kim Nichols, Professor Robyn Gillies, Liz Mackinlay, Michele Haynes. Community-based STEM professional learning for teachers of middle years. Industry partners for this project are Qld Museum, Qld DET and QGC Pty Limited. ID: LP160101374. $278,000
  • 2016 – 2019, Australian Research Council, Discovery Scheme, Memmott, P., Haynes, M., O’Rourke, T. and Baffour, B. Evidence of Indigenous experience of healthcare settings to improve health.ID: DP160100494. $575,000
  • 2014 – 2021, Australian Research Council Center of Excellence, Baxter, J., Zubrick, S., Cobb-Clark, D., Western, M., Mazerolle, L., Sanders, M., Harmon, C., Haynes, M. and Lawrence, D. Centre of Excellence for Children and Families over the Life Course. ID: CE140100027. $28 million
  • 2013-2016, Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme, Haynes, M., Baffour, B., Western, M. Partners from Social Research Centre Pty Ltd: Pennay, D., Mission, S., Challice, G. Enhancing social research in Australia using dual-frame telephone surveys. ID: LP130100744. $166,022
  • 2011, Australian Research Council, Linkage,Equipment and Infrastructure Fund, Mitchell, D., Evans, B., McEachern, S., McCarthy, G., Byrne, J., Haynes, M., Burrows, T., Cheshire, L., Denemark, D., Western, M., Mazerolle, L., Ashton, P., Nakata, N., Memmott, P., McAllister, I., Gray, E., Pennycook, A., Cordery, J., McLeod, J., Wiseman, J., Parker, S., Gaynor, A. Establishment of the Australian data archive: an integrated research facility for the social sciences and humanities. ID: LE110100049. $760,000
  • 2011, Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute Grant, Foster, M., Haynes, M., Mitchell, G., Haines, T. Utilisation of allied health services by people with chronic disease: differences across health insurance coverage and policy change. $150,000
  • 2011-2012, National Drug and Law Enforcement Research Funds Grant, Boreham, P., McFadden, M., Haynes, M. Targeting the profits of illicit drug trafficking through proceeds of crime. $160,000
  • 2010-2013, Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Project, Swindon, UK, Steele, F., Haynes, M., Ermisch, J., Kulu, H., Clarke, P. Interrelationships between housing transitions and fertility in Britain and Australia. 480,000 GBP UK
  • 2010-2012, Australian Research Council, Discovery Program, Kelly, A., Haynes, M., Young, R.
  • Dynamic social systems and adolescent alcohol/tobacco use: A new cusp catastrophe model. ID: DP1095883. $150,000
  • 2009 - 2011, National Health and Medical Research Council, Kelly, A., McMahon, R., Carroll, A., Haynes, M. Helping parents of teenagers at risk of alcohol/tobacco related harm: A brief prevention program. $306,750
  • 2008-2011, Australian Research Council, Discovery Scheme, Haynes, M., Chhetri, P., Boreham, P. Understanding the Spatial and Social Drivers of Employment Transitions. $245,000
  • 2008-2011 National Health and Medical Research Council Project, Turrell, G., Oldenburg, B. F., Giles-Corti, W., Burton, N. W., Giskes, K., Haynes, M., Brown W. J. A longitudinal multilevel study of change in physical activity in mid-age, and factors associated with change.ID: 497236. $750,000
  • 2007-2010, Australian Research Council, Linkage Scheme, Baxter, J., Haynes, M., Western, M. Cohabitation in Australia: Trends and Implications for Family Outcomes. $75,000

Accolades and awards

  • 2018: Professional Accreditation as a Statistician by the Statistical Society of Australia
  • 2018: ACU Vice-Chancellor’s Staff Excellence Team Award for Excellence in Research and Research Partnerships for the GTPA Project (Team: C. Wyatt-Smith, P. Colbert, J. Cumming, J. Nuttall, M. Haynes, A. DuPlessis and A. Chen)
  • 2006 – 2016: Chair of Section: Social Statistics, Statistical Society of Australia

Appointments and affiliations

  • April 2020 – Program Director, Data Innovations Program at the Research Centre for Digital Data and Assessment, Australian Catholic University
  • Oct 2017 – Professor of Data Analytics in Education Institute for Learning Sciences and Teacher Education, Australian Catholic University
  • Dec 2015 – Sep 2017 Deputy Director Research Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland
  • Dec 2013 – Nov 2015 Professor and Program Leader Research Methods and Social Statistics Program Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland
  • Jan 2010 – Dec 2013 Associate Professor and Program Leader Research Methods and Social Statistics Program Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland
  • Jan 2006 – Dec 2009 Senior Lecturer in Statistical Methods Institute for Social Science Research (formerly UQ Social Research Centre), The University of Queensland
  • Jul 2003 – Dec 2005 Lecturer in Statistical Methods & Statistics Advisor to SBS FacultyUQ Social Research Centre Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, The University of Queensland
  • Apr 2002 – Jul 2003 ARC Research Scientist School of Mathematical Sciences, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • 1999 – April 2002 Statistician / Research Scientist, Coastal Cropping Systems, CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, Long Pocket Laboratories, Indooroopilly, Queensland
  • 1997 – 1999 Health Planning Officer, Drugs of Dependence Unit Queensland Health, Brisbane
  • 1994 – 1997 Statistical Consultant/PhD Candidate Statistical Consulting unit, School of Mathematical Sciences, QUT
  • 1991 – 1994 Statistical Consultant Statistical Consulting unit, School of Mathematical Sciences, QUT

Editorial roles

  • 2012-2015: Associate Editor Journal of the Royal Statistical Society - Series A
  • 2008-2015: Editorial Statistics Advisor, International journal of Disability, Development and Education


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