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Kerry Merrill

Kerry brings over 25 years expertise in designing and delivering research based evaluation across voluntary, public and private sectors. Kerry’s experience spans quantitative and qualitative methods, and she is a skilled facilitator. Kerry regularly interviews and runs focus groups with vulnerable family members, practitioners, managers and system leaders. Kerry is committed to improving the lives of families and has directed, managed and delivered evaluations for central government departments to influence policy and practice e.g. Evaluation of Social Work Teaching Partnerships (DfE).  At a local level she has managed numerous system/service development and evaluation projects for local authorities and multi-agency partnerships across the voluntary sector, CCGs, NHS Trusts and local partnerships.

Kerry also brings experience as a senior manager in an upper tier local authority, developing policy and strategy for children, schools and families, including strengthening the strategic partnership infrastructure for early help.

Kerry's most recent projects with Interface include Evaluation of Strengthening Parental Relationships (Hants); Family Hubs Needs Assessment (Bedford); Opportunities to work differently for the 0-3’s (Flintshire); Consultancy support and stakeholder engagement to develop a family hub model (Gloucestershire); Family Hubs Feasibility study in Central Bedfordshire and a Review of the Integrated Wellbeing model 0-19 (Stockton on Tees). Kerry has also evaluated leadership programmes and multi-agency workforce development initiatives.

Professional qualifications

Kerry’s qualifications include a BA Soc Sc in Political Science, various business management, coaching and leadership qualifications (OU/ILM).  Kerry has spoken at conferences and has authored numerous published reports for central and local government.