Research

An experienced and versatile researcher, Elizabeth conducts literature reviews, programme evaluations, mapping, case studies and lessons learned, and is trained in the Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol (QuIP). Elizabeth’s key strengths include her attention to detail; synthesising vast amounts of information from multiple sources, including government, beneficiaries, programming staff; partners and academia; ability to draw out lessons and key observations; making difficult subjects accessible and engaging; and her interviewing ability, from politicians and tribal elders to children.

Clients and interviewees have praised Elizabeth for her ability to put children and adults at ease as they tell her their rich and sometimes painful stories. Elizabeth is highly motivated by field research and meeting the people affected by the issues she works on.

Research examples:

  • 2017-2018: Consultant mapping interventions to prevent Violence against Children (VAC) – including gender-based violence (GBV), GBV in emergencies (GBViE) and protection from sexual exploitation and abuse by our own staff (PSEA) in UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Region. The qualitative research – involving skype interviews and questionnaires with 21 country offices – has informed a regional Strategic Framework for VAC, based on a new UNICEF Global Theory of Change.
  • 2017: Documenting progress in results-based management (RBM) for UNICEF in Eastern and Southern Africa.
  • 2017: Ten country-level lessons learned (Kenya, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe) and three regional case studies on the use of near real-time monitoring data in sub-national health facilities and related communities, in support of reducing stunting and maternal and child health.
  • 2016-2017: Producing a synthesis report of 10 country–level gender programmatic reviews – involving literature review and key informant interviews – for UNICEF ESARO Gender Section.
  • 2012-2016: Researcher and advisor for NGO Chance for Childhood with Street Child Africa conducting programme evaluations for an anti-human trafficking project in Nepal, and children with disabilities and education project in Rwanda; UNICEF’s Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Study on the Fulfilment of the Right to Education of Children with Disabilities cites Elizabeth’s Rwanda research on gender and disability; researcher on girls in conflict with the law in Uganda.
  • 2014: Research report: media landscape in Africa for UNICEF ESARO Communications section.
  • 2013: Research into best practice of think-tanks for UNICEF Innocenti Office of Research.
Liberty & Humanity

“Elizabeth was a joy to work with and I cannot recommend her enough. She has a great mind and is very self-motivated and energetic, suggesting ideas without being asked. Alongside producing  a well-researched and strong Return on Investment section for the report, Shadow City: Exposing Human Trafficking in Everyday Londonher  suggestions for the report’s content displayed both her depth of knowledge, as well as her creativity and imagination.

“She was also efficient, flexible and supportive – the project’s dynamic nature meant that this was  a challenging assignment to work on, but Elizabeth was continually easy-going, wonderfully positive, and highly organised. She was therefore a delightful person to work with and someone I could absolutely rely on.”

Tamara Barnett, Senior Researcher – Safety, Crime and Policing, London Assembly Conservative Group, Greater London Authority

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