Eleanor Southern-Wilkins

Senior Consultant

  • 07849 089 227
  • eleanorsouthernwilkins@cordisbright.co.uk

Eleanor is a Senior Consultant with experience designing and delivering research and evaluation projects across a variety of sectors. Her particular interest is in criminal justice and young people’s services.

Before joining Cordis Bright, Eleanor worked as a researcher at a criminal appeals charity, working specifically on the Women’s Justice Initiative which focused on the gendered nature of crime and domestic abuse. She has frontline experience working with at-risk groups in mental health and community projects, as well as with young people of primary and secondary school age.


“A key strength of ours – and my favourite part of the job at Cordis Bright – is our genuine interest and passion for our sectors and for understanding the experiences of those within them. I really enjoy meeting and learning from people who work and use services in these sectors, and working collaboratively with them towards our ultimate aim of improving the system.”


Her skills and experience include:

  • Writing high quality, accessible research reports that synthesise findings and provide actionable insights for clients.
  • Evaluation and research tool design, including evaluation frameworks, interview and workshop topic guides, surveys and outcomes/monitoring data improvements.
  • Qualitative consultation with a range of groups, including strategic and delivery staff, 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.

Examples of recent and current projects include:

  • Evaluation of Pathfinders in Brent & Newham for young people disproportionately impacted by Covid-19. The Pathfinders provided support and mentoring to Black, Asian, Roma and young people from minoritised ethnicities to improve their personal outcomes, engagement with services and support their families.
  • Evaluation of Bambu programme for children and young people impacted by domestic abuse. This ongoing evaluation uses qualitative and quantitative analysis, including fieldwork engaging a range of stakeholders and young people, to assess how the programme is impacting on those who have used it and make recommendations on how to improve the support system for young people impacted by domestic abuse.
  • Evaluation of Custody Diversion Programme for young people. This programme in West Yorkshire provides support to young people from caseworkers with lived experience. This ongoing evaluation used mixed methods to investigate the theory and practice behind the work before developing and implementing a pilot randomised-controlled-trial (RCT) to test the process and impact of the programme.
  • Evaluation of diversion approaches for women and young people in South Wales. These programmes aimed to improve outcomes for individuals and the system by providing gender- and age-specific support to meet women and young people’s unmet need and reduce offending.
  • Needs assessment and system analysis in the Black Country for children and young people with complex needs. This project focused on children and young people attending pupil referral units (PRUs) to assess how effectively the system was meeting the needs of this group.
  • Evaluation of the Making Every Adult Matter Approach. The MEAM approach is a non-prescriptive framework aimed to help cross-sector voluntary and statutory partnerships design and deliver better co-ordinated support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage and facilitate systems change. It was implemented across more than 40 local areas across England.

Eleanor has a first-class degree in Linguistics & German and an MA with Distinction in Human Rights with Law from the University of Manchester.

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