Karen has worked in project management and research and evaluation for voluntary, public and private sector organisations, working across a range of public sector and wider social issues. With a background in mixed methods social research, Karen is particularly interested in coproducing qualitative research with people with lived experience of the research topic, and the quantitative analysis of large datasets.
“Working on projects where our research findings can be progressed into service improvements for our clients, and better outcomes for the people they support, is one of the most rewarding elements to working at Cordis Bright. I particularly enjoy working on mixed methods projects, where perspectives from stakeholders and service users can help unpick and bring to life the trends shown in national statistics or monitoring data.”
Karen’s main areas of skill and experience are:
- Management and analysis of large datasets from a range of data sources including surveys, national statistics and performance monitoring data.
- Survey design and analysis.
- Use of data modelling techniques to examine risk factors and build predictive models.
- Qualitative consultation with a wide range of stakeholders, including young people and adults at risk.
- Co-productive approaches to qualitative research.
- Conducting literature reviews.
- Triangulating data and analysis from a range of different sources to generate reliable and nuanced findings.
Karen’s recent and current projects include:
- The national evaluation of the MEAM Approach, a framework for helping local areas to design and deliver better support for people experiencing multiple disadvantage. This is a collaborative mixed methods evaluation. The evaluation framework and methodology were co-produced with the staff delivering the services in the local areas, and work with peer researchers to co-design research tools, deliver the qualitative research and analyse the data collected.
- Victims needs assessment for South Wales OPCC. The methodology included consultation with victims and other stakeholders; a literature review on what works in delivering services for victims, witnesses and people affected by crime; a review of EU, UK and Welsh policy; mapping of local services; and analysis of quantitative data from the Crime Survey, police records and other locally held data concerning estimated prevalence of victimisation and demand for victims services.
- Evaluation partner for Living Well UK, a programme developing new models of mental health support in four local areas across England and Scotland. This involves delivering mixed methods impact and process evaluations for each local area, as well as programme-wide work drawing learning together from across the individual sites.
- Evaluation of the COVID Financial Shield, a project bringing creditor and health agencies together in Lambeth and Southwark to help improve the health and financial wellbeing for people who have long term conditions and who are experiencing financial problems. The mixed methods evaluation includes consideration of processes, impact and a cost-benefit assessment.
Karen has a MA (Hons) in French and Politics from the University of Edinburgh and a Masters with distinction in Social Research from Goldsmiths College. Karen also has frontline experience working in homelessness services, as an SEN teaching assistant and as a support worker for adults with learning disabilities.