Examples of recent evaluations

I have conducted many process, outcome, formative and summative evaluations, all focused on improving services.

These include:

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 behaviour that challenges. It builds on a ‘positive behavioural support model‘ developed by the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, Kent and Northumbria Universities and others. The keen collaboration between the NHS, family carers, learning disability charities, universities and others was heartening, helped overcome practical and structural challenges and demonstrated the effectiveness of a multi-dimensional and co-production approach to early intervention. My evaluation contributed to the programme’s development and a resolve to continue and embed the PBS approach going forward. Read more about the project here and download the full report here.

Many thanks Berni – you have made a great contribution to the work and we hope to be able to work with you again in the future.

Viv Cooper OBE, Chief Executive, The Challenging Behaviour Foundation

The links between Childhood Sexual Abuse and substance misuse

Over 2019-20 I evaluated a training and service development programme, based on the proven links between being sexually abused as a child (CSA) and developing mental health difficulties and /or issues around drugs and/or alcohol later in life. The programme was designed by the Centre of Expertise on Childhood Sexual Abuse, and based on substantial research. It aimed to improve practice by encouraging practitioners to routinely ask service users about CSA. Research shows that people want to be asked, but wait for professionals to do so. Disclosing that you were abused has been found to be a key step in tackling mental health dn substance misuse issues. Unfortunately, and as emerged here, practitioners shy away from asking and usually wait for the person to volunteer this information. Read the report.

Evaluation of a stalking service

Over 2019 I evaluated an innovative service supporting people who had been stalked. Few services like this exist in the country and so I was gratified to be able to help shine a light on this topic. I was shocked by some of the examples I heard, stalking’s devastating impact on victims’ mental and physical health, the high risk of death, how widespread it is… but the extremely low prosecution and conviction rates, despite specific legislation. Contrary to common beliefs (about strangers or over-zealous fans), stalking affects people from all backgrounds and in all walks of life. Read the report or summary.

Evaluation of Contact’s Welfare Rights Advice

Over 2016-18 I evaluated Contact’s specialist welfare rights advice service. Funded by Big Lottery, this specialist advice line provides expert advice for families with disabled children, which is otherwise very hard to find. My evaluation looked at outcomes for families as well as views on how the advice was given and the ease of using Contact’s telephone- and web-based service. I also advised Contact on how to simplify their data collection systems whilst getting more from them. Read the short executive summary or my full report

Evaluation of a multi faceted early years service

Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP), is a multi-agency, multi-faceted, early intervention programme, funded by the Lottery, aiming to improve outcomes for the poorest children in Lambeth. Constituent projects covered diet and exercise advice for pregnant mothers; mental health support for parents; Involving and training local parents as advisers; and building community capacity. 

Examples of other evaluations since 2008

CAMHSWEB: – An online mental health  tool, to support therapeutic interventions. This was being trialled with children and young people.

Our Rights Our Voice, a Department of Health funded project to improve awareness of disabled children’s and young people’s rights when using NHS services

Evaluation of the participation of disabled young people in the VIPER project

A MIND project, which trained young people to provide peer-to-peer support to children adn young people around mental health

A london  based NHS project working to tackle childhood obesity

An NHS project to promote breast feeding and exploring fathers’ potentail role an experiences of professionals’ efforts to encourge breast feeding

Local pilot sits for an innovative, community-based, eye healthcare treatment approach, for the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the RNIB

REAL, a pioneering programme to enhance early literacy

A local history, intergenerational, project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, focusing on markets in East London

Prince’s Trust projects aimed to increase the engagement of young Muslims