KMC Research Qual and quant researcher specialising in education, children and YP
I have over 15 years of leading research for a range of clients. As a mixed method researcher I am just as comfortable being involved in qualitative projects as quantitative projects and in the last few years have led both projects that use both methods.
I have offered support to projects at varying levels, from one specific element of a project, to leading on projects.
I am highly self-motivated, flexible and have an established reputation for producing meaningful and high-quality outputs.
I have over 15 years experience of leading and conducting research for Government agencies, along with commercial and voluntary sector clients in the fields of education, children, young people and families and skills. I have worked for clients including the Department for Education, the Careers & Enterprise Company, Action for Children and BBC Children in Need. I also have experience across the commercial sector having worked for clients including IKEA, the Royal Foundation, Marks & Spencers, Bassetts Vitamins. Kerry Foods and Crosse & Blackwell.
I have considerable experience of interviewing a range of stakeholders including senior leaders in schools, teachers, pupils, parents, and other professionals.
Some of my areas of specialism include;
- project management - being accountable for all aspects of project delivery including profitability monitoring, report writing for a range of audiences (ministers, policy makers);
- writing and pitching for high and low value contracts;
- designing bespoke research tools such as postal/online/face to face questionnaires, structured and unstructured topic guides;
- undertaking fieldwork in an array of settings (e.g. homes, schools, youth and community organisations), with a range of participants, on a variety of topics;
- survey design, management and analysis
- analysing qualitative and quantitative data and producing research reports and the development of recommendations to inform learning and future policy.
- presenting research findings to audiences including clients, stakeholders and conference delegates (e.g. at the Cohesion Counts Conference and the NCVO Conference 2011).
Director, KMC Research (2013-present)
Offering qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation services in the education and children and young people's sector to government, voluntary sector and commercial clients. Extensive recent experience of school workforce issues, school improvement, professional development and recruitment and retention. Currently working on:
- evaluation of the curriculum resources pilot (DfE)
- the evaluation of research schools in Opportunity areas (EEF)
- evaluation of the Whole School SEND programme (NASEN and DfE)
- national survey of technology use in schools (DfE)
Associate Director, Family Kids & Youth (2014-2016)
Led and worked on a number of projects across the commercial and social sector including:
- lead researcher for the 2015 IKEA Play Report
- Techknowledge for Schools
- evaluation of the Challenge Fund (Youth United)
Research Manager, Platypus Research (2011-2013)
Platypus are a full service specialist Child, Youth and Family market research agency working across a wide spectrum of industry sectors, including, Public, Social, FMCG, Retail, Media, Healthcare. Role was to bid for, manage and deliver a range of qualitative and quantitative research projects that involve children, youth and families. Worked for clients including the Industry Trust, Sheffield Hallam University, Coventry University, Plotr and Kerry Food
Senior Consultant, York Consulting (2007-2011)
Led and delivered evaluation and research for a range of central government and voluntary and community sector clients including the Department for Education, the Welsh Government, Action for Children and the Scottish Government. My role involved quantitative and qualitative research particularly with children, young people and families. Research that I led included exploring allegations of abuse against teachers (Department for Education) and research for Action for Children exploring the professional relationship between vulnerable parents and practitioners.