It has been an absolute pleasure working with Berni over the past three years. From the very start of the project Berni sought to prioritise relationships with the wider team in order to build trust and a genuine understanding of project delivery. The formative evaluation was such a useful approach for us, allowing us to continuously refine our delivery based on the on-going learning that Berni facilitated. This also put us in a stronger position to negotiate outcomes /outputs with our funder. It also helped that Berni’s value base was completely aligned to Mencap Cymru’s vision.

Sian Davies, Head of Strategic Programmes  / Pennaeth Rhaglenni Strategol, Mencap Cymru. August 2021

Thanks Berni and huge thanks from me 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 NorthEast and Cumbria Learning Disability Network May 2021

Thank you so much for your gentle enthusiasm, erudite points and commitment to supporting us Berni with this venture. It has been lovely working with you and I really do hope our paths cross in the future. ” 

Jo Wilcox, Team Manager South Cumbria Children’s Learning Disability Team and Behaviour Support Service, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, May 2021

‘The communication and processes were excellent. The team all felt that the evaluator quickly understood the complexities of the service and the unique issues this client group presented. Any and all issues were quickly resolved so the process could continue. The feedback and communication were excellent and the process of interviewing service users was well organised and easy to manage. …

‘In addition, the evaluation provided an opportunity for our service users to discuss their experiences of not only of our service but their experience of being stalked, which they do not often get’

Changing Pathways Oct 2019

Berni evaluated Contact’s Family Finances helpline, currently funded by the Big Lottery. We really benefited from engaging Berni early on … This ensured that all the necessary evaluation tools were put in place at the start of the project. Berni was quick to understand our needs; she was organised, efficient and collaborative in her approach. Berni’s in-depth qualitative interviews gave us a better understanding of the multifaceted impact of our service, and the case studies she wrote brought the project to life and illustrated the nature of Contact’s work to prospective funders and the general public. We are very happy with Berni’s final evaluation report, which has provided strong evidence of the project’s effectiveness and has supported bids and funding appeals.”

Silvia Laraia, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Contact

Berni’s professional report.. helped us engage with decision makers and influence the developments in local children’s services

Emma Whitby,  Chief Executive, Healthwatch Islington

Berni spent a lot of time in advance talking to staff and trustees and understanding our organisation. The result was she had a precise and clear understanding of our aims, mission, strengths and weaknesses. … more importantly her intervention and suggestions were embraced, as it was clear she fully understood the organisation’s needs and aspirations.’

Saira Grant,  Chief Executive, JCWI

Berni has worked for NCB’s Research Centre on a number of quite different research and evaluation projects. We really appreciate her reliability and the high quality of her work. She is able to get up to speed on a new topic quickly and responds flexibly to changing circumstances. Her written reports are both accessible and engaging. Finally, she’s a great team player and collaborator.’

Catherine Shaw, Assistant Director, NCB Research Centre

‘Berni made a valuable contribution to an evaluation of a breastfeeding intervention … She undertook fieldwork, qualitative data analysis and jointly authored a paper for the British Journal of Midwifery. She is an experienced researcher who is reliable, flexible and a pleasure to work with’

Jessica Datta, Department of Social & Environmental Health Research,  London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine