Current work

New Book: Social research with children and young People just published

https://policy.bristoluniversitypress.co.uk/social-research-with-children-and-young-people


Evaluation of a stalking service

I am currently evaluating an innovative service to support people who have being stalked. Few services like this exist in the country. I have been shocked by some of the information I’ve learnt so far: for example the extremely low rates of convictions despite prevalence and specific legislation, stalking’s devastating mental health impact and the risk of death.

SRA Ethical Guidance

I am in a working group re-writing the Social Research Association’s ethical guidance. This is due out in late 2019 and will be published on the SRA website.

Our Social Networks – Mencap

Over 3 years, I am conducting a process and outcome evaluation of Mencap Cymru’s pioneering project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. This project aims to enhance understanding of the importance of friendships and relationships for people with learning disabilities and help make the heritage sector more accessible for disabled people.  

Cumbria Early Intervention Project

This is an innovative, multi-sector and multi-agency early intervention programme for children and young people with severe learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. It builds on a ‘positive behavioural support model‘ developed by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Kent University and others. My mainly formative and process evaluation supports the development of this complex project.

Training

Each year I design and deliver at least 6 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 involvement. Over recent years we adapted and delivered this course in-house to Action for Children, the Office of the Children’s Commissioner, Sustrans and Ipsos Mori.

Other

I am a research associate for the Department of Education, NCB, LEAP, the Centre for Aging Better, the Family and Childcare Trust and others