Current work

Literature review on how young people access money advice

This literature review for the Money and Pensions Service will seek to enhance understanding of a young person’s journey when seeking help or support around financial matters. The review will build on existing knowledge around how and why young people seek such help; what channels, sources and modes of information prove more or less effective; and the evidence around the impact from any advice secured.

Evaluating Our Social Networks for Mencap Cymru

I am conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Mencap Cymru’s pioneering project – Our Social Networks (OSN), funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Through sharing first hand accounts from people with learning disabilities, OSN aims to enhance understanding of the importance of friendships and relationships and the barriers people face in achieving such a basic human right. Another arm of the OSN project is supporting four museums across Wales to improve their disability access, especially for people with learning disabilities. OSN has employed 4 people with learning disabilities to lead on this work.  

Training

Each year I design and deliver at least 8 public and bespoke training courses for the Social Research Association (SRA) on planning and conducting research and evaluation with children and young people and on involving the public in social research. Over recent years we adapted and delivered this course in-house for the ONS, Action for Children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Sustrans, Ipsos Mori and others.

Due to Covid-19 we converted these courses and now deliver them online .

SRA Ethical Guidance

I am in a working group re-writing the Social Research Association’s ethical guidance. This is due out in 2021 and will be published on the SRA website.

Other

I am an approved research associate for the Department of Education, Barnardos, NCB, LEAP, the Centre for Aging Better and others