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Helen Palmer

Helen is an experienced researcher, facilitator, writer and project manager having spent more than a decade examining policy, programmes and practice aimed at improving outcomes for children, young people and families. With a grounding in economics, she has strong qualitative and quantitative research skills and has designed and delivered numerous projects for clients such as the Department for Education, local authorities and charities including Action for Children and BBC Children in Need. Her approach is to deliver robust, insightful and pragmatic research, develop clear and realistic recommendations, and provide effective development support to clients and their partners. Above all, she is committed to ensuring that research makes a difference for families.

Prior to joining Interface’s research and evaluation team, Helen spent ten years at York Consulting where, as Principal Consultant, she co-led the national evaluations of Family Pathfinders and Targeted Youth Support. She also led a number of projects examining leadership and management in children’s services and schools. These include a project which led to the development of NCSL’s Skills and Knowledge Framework for Directors of Children’s Services, Research into Headship in Wales which led to changes in acceptance criteria for the NPQH, and a major study for the former DfES investigating approaches to school self-evaluation, challenge and support by School Improvement Partners and changes to Ofsted’s inspection regime.