About me and my work

I’m passionate about helping organisations use information to make decisions and improve their work.

I can help you with the following:

  • work with you to put systems in place to help you monitor your progress, evaluate your impact, and learn how to improve your work
  • help you learn to do your own research and evaluation, use research and evaluation information, and become a better learning organisation
  • conduct independent research and evaluation for you
  • help you think about how to communicate your findings effectively in order to report to your funders, influence key decision-makers, and shape policy and practice in your sector.

I work with organisations in the non-profit, public, and private sectors in the UK and globally (see my clients and testimonials page). Most of my work is practical and applied, meaning it has direct impact on important policies, programmes and projects. I generally report using concise and accessible formats (or can help you do that) whenever possible – often as short briefs or infographics – so that your audiences will read and use your findings. I have lived and worked in many countries and speak fluent Portuguese and Spanish.

My core subject areas – the ones I’m most passionate about – are food systems and gender. My doctoral research on intra-household food allocation in Brazil happily wed these two issues. I’m also very interested and experienced in broader development, sustainability, poverty and equity issues.

I bring a systems approach to issues of food poverty/insecurity, sustainable nutrition, the nutrition transition and obesity in the UK and developing countries. Recent projects include a study of food poverty in Oxford, evaluation of two projects to increase food advertising literacy among young people in Hackney, and gender analysis for a large maternal and child nutrition programme in northern Nigeria. Take a look at my clients and testimonials page for more information on recent projects.

My work on gender spans topics such as gender-based violence, gender and nutrition, female economic empowerment and intra-household resource allocation. Recent projects include helping a rape crisis centre and a domestic violence charity set up monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) systems, and a literature review for UN Women. Take a look at my clients and testimonials page for more information on recent projects.

My core expertise lies in qualitative and mixed methods research and evaluation (interviews and focus group discussions, participatory and ethnographic methods, surveys and observation). For research that involves more complex quantitative approaches, I bring in colleagues with expertise in large-scale and online surveys and advanced statistical analysis.

If you think I can be of help in your work please do get in touch for an informal chat.