Eleanor Southern-Wilkins


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Eleanor has a first-class degree in Linguistics & German and an MA with Distinction in Human Rights with Law from the University of Manchester. She has worked on designing and delivering research and evaluation projects across a variety of sectors since joining Cordis Bright, and has a particular interest in mental health and criminal justice. Prior to joining Cordis Bright, she worked as a researcher at a criminal appeals charity, where she worked mainly with the women's justice initiative. She also worked as a communication research specialist at a technology company. Eleanor has front-line experience working with at-risk groups in mental health and community projects, as well as with young people of primary and secondary school age.


“The breadth of work and the opportunity to work with and conduct research into a variety of fascinating areas is my favourite part of the job at Cordis Bright. It’s fascinating to meet and learn from people who work in these sectors and those who use services, and the opportunity to make a real difference to their lives is extremely rewarding.”


Her skills and experience include:

  • Qualitative consultation with a range of groups, including delivery staff, strategic stakeholders, community stakeholders, children and young people, and people facing multiple disadvantage.
  • Quantitative analysis of large datasets from a range of sources, including surveys, national statistics and performance monitoring data.
  • Working with peer researchers to co-produce research and evaluation.
  • Writing high quality, accessible research reports that synthesise findings and provide actionable insights for clients.
  • Designing research tools including surveys, interview topic guides and evaluation frameworks.

Eleanor’s recent and current projects include:

  • National evaluation of the MEAM Approach. The MEAM Approach aims to improve and coordinate care and support for people with multiple and complex health and care needs, including substance misuse, homelessness and mental health needs. This project works alongside peer researchers with lived experience of multiple and complex needs and takes an explicitly collaborative, co-productive approach to evaluation.
  • Evaluation of the national Living Well programme. Living Well is a multi-site initiative led by Innovation Unit, which aims to introduce a new model for mental health and wellbeing services. The model takes a holistic, solutions-focused, whole person approach to mental health and wellbeing. The evaluation involves qualitative and quantitative consultation with stakeholders in the four Living Well sites across the UK to evaluate the implementation and impact of the programme.
  • Evaluation of a domestic abuse programme in Doncaster for the DfE: This longitudinal evaluation involved in-depth consultation with stakeholders and social care staff, case file reviews and monitoring data analysis to evaluate the approach of whole family working and the use of domestic abuse champions to support victims/survivors and reduce repeat victimisation.
  • Evaluation of a domestic abuse perpetrator programme for a Police and Crime Commissioner. This mixed methods evaluation used evidence review alongside qualitative consultation to optimise learning around reducing perpetration of domestic abuse.
  • Evaluation of the YOLO prevention initiative for young people at risk of involvement in crime. This initiative aimed to divert young people at risk of serious violence in Northumbria away from offending behaviour.
  • Evaluation of Disrupting Exploitation, a prevention initiative for young people at risk of exploitation. This is a national, multi-site project delivered by The Children’s Society, working to prevent child criminal exploitation and child sexual exploitation in the UK.
  • Evaluation of a health and wellbeing project in North London for people with learning disabilities. This two-year project by the Camden Society focused on reducing isolation and improving mental and physical health and wellbeing for people who used the service.

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