All of my work is underpinned by and committed to delivering two things. First, a deeply held belief in social justice, and in the ability of insightful and rigorous research to explain, champion, and crucially to develop the activity of organisations that tackle social inequality.
Second, an ‘ethnographic sensibility’ – which is to say an appreciation of the lived experiences, perspectives, and values of the people involved; be they marginalised young people, residents of local communities, frontline practitioners, managers, trustees, service commissioners or policy makers.
I’m a social researcher with a background in the anthropology of policy. Trained in qualitative and quantitative methods, I’ve worked in a range of roles in the community and voluntary, social justice, and informal education sectors. My current and most recent projects include evaluation and impact measurement, surveying users and stakeholders, and contributing to organisations’ planning and development. A common, though in my view sometimes loaded shorthand for such exercises is ‘improving outcomes’.
Whether for funders, as part of consultancy teams, or for organisations on a freelance basis, my projects are linked by their overarching objective: to assist organisations in furthering the work they do helping people improve their own lives and the lives of those around them. I aim to do this is by helping organisations more clearly understand their own work, and the contexts in which they do it.