Abby Dunn

Principal Consultant

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For for the last six years, Abby has worked as a Research Fellow at the University of York in applied health and social care research. In this role she worked in partnership with a range of practitioners and commissioners across local authorities, NHS trusts, the third sector and the private sector. She has worked at all stages of the evaluation process, from needs assessment, intervention development and theory of change and logic model development all the way through to evaluating the effectiveness of an intervention.

Projects include an evaluation of 12 interventions forming the socio-emotional development workstream of the Better Start Bradford project, a multi-million pound National Lottery Community Fund funded programme to improve outcomes for children aged 0-5. Plus two NIHR SSCR funded research projects into older people’s social care.

Abby is very aware of the challenges of front line service delivery and is strongly committed to supporting services to understand what works for people using their services and what is value for money. She enjoys working in multi-stakeholder networks and is confident in supporting commissioners, practitioners and service users to develop a common understanding of what their evaluation goals are and designing and executing an evaluation plan to realise these goals.

Abby is a mixed methods researcher with experience of a range of qualitative and quantitative designs and is able to recommend the most appropriate method to meet the goals of the evaluation. Specific research skills are:

  • Co-production with stakeholders.
  • Developing logic models and theories of change.
  • Evaluating the quality of, and recommending, measurement instruments.
  • Using routine data to evaluate interventions.
  • Assessing readiness for causal evaluation and suggesting relevant designs.
  • Systematic and scoping reviews.
  • Thematic analysis.
  • Framework analysis.
  • Factor analysis.
  • Regression analysis.
  • Tests for difference.

She is a confident project manager and is happy to write project plans including mitigating ethical issues arising from evaluation. Alongside this, she has experience of writing ongoing monitoring reports and final project reports including summaries suitable for practitioners and the general public.

She has an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford, an MRes in Social Policy from the University of York, and PhD in Social Policy also from the University of York.

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