Caroline is an experienced researcher, with expertise across a number of policy areas, including: childcare and families, education and employment, public health and mental health. She holds a Masters in Social Policy from York University, and has strong research methods training, which she has honed during nearly 20 years research and evaluation employment in the consultancy and academic sectors.
Caroline has designed, managed and delivered research projects and evaluations for local and national government departments and agencies feeding into policy and practice. Examples include: a policy review and care options for older prisoners; an Implementation Study of ‘Neighbourhood Nurseries’; development of an evaluation framework for ‘wraparound childcare’; running an update of the DTI Work-Life Balance Survey; a Connexions (Careers Service) Stakeholder Survey and focus groups with young people; and an evaluation of the Positive Futures programme for young people at risk of offending (Home Office/Sport England). In striving to undertake research that makes a difference, she aims for a practical and timely, yet robust approach, offering clear and realistic recommendations.
Current projects include community engaged research and Caroline is currently undertaking scoping community based participatory research in a semi-rural locality. She is also responsible for a developmental evaluation of creative, participatory research with young people from 3 mental health trusts. In a voluntary capacity, she is a parent governor at a primary school, with link responsibilities for pupil premium and assessment.