About me

I am a senior researcher, with over 20 years’ experience of planning and conducting social research and evaluation, mainly using qualitative, creative and mixed methodologies.

My research and evaluations cover health, education, social care, welfare and disability, and are predominantly with and about children, young people and their families.

Prior to undertaking my Masters in Research, I worked for over 20 years in UK  social policy, welfare and health, laying the foundations for my research drive.

I regularly train and support others to undertake their own research and evaluations, including using creative methods and developing participative and peer research. Due to Covid-19, training is currently delivered online. Hopefully in the future we can combine in person and online training.

I am creative and inclusive and work by high ethical and other quality standards – read more


“Thanks Berni and huge thanks for your contribution to this work. Be assured we will do all we can to take it forward and move the emphasis from crisis response to early intervention. The evaluation report is critical for this.”

Judith Thompson, Network Manager and Assurance Lead, Learning Disability Clinical Network at NHS England

See current & recent work

My recent how-to guide on conducting social research or evaluation with children and/or young people – published December 2018. Available here