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Liz Mackie is an experienced researcher with particular expertise in evaluating equalities and social inclusion initiatives. She has led evaluations of over 100 such projects or programmes in the last 10 years including projects at local, national and transnational level in the fields of employment support, enterprise development, health and mental health, community development, migrant integration, youth leadership, legal advice and criminal justice. Liz has advanced level skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods and is currently completing doctoral research in social statistics at City University. Liz carries out both process and impact evaluations. She uses mixed methods approaches and has conducted evaluations using difference in difference and randomised control trial methodologies.
Liz is a director of Shared Enterprise CIC, a community interest company which was established in 2014 to tackle social and economic inequalities through identifying and promoting good practice and effective approaches. Liz was formerly director of Research & Consultancy at Greater London Enterprise.
Some examples of recent evaluations carried out by Liz include:
Evaluation of the Rayne Fellowships programme. This five year programme was funded by The Rayne Foundation and delivered by Praxis Community Projects with the aim of building bridges between refugee communities and mainstream society by creating Fellowships for 20 people who arrived in the UK as refugees.
Evaluation of the Mosaic projects in England and Wales. A series of initiatives led by the Campaign for National Parks in partnership with the Youth Hostels Association and the National Park Authorities with the aim of increasing engagement of ethnic minority communities in urban areas with the National Parks in England and Wales.
Evaluation of the Hackney Carers project. A three year project to encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender carers in Hackney to develop peer support networks and to raise awareness within public service agencies of the needs of LGBT carers.
I’m Steve Matthews, an independent researcher and consultant with particular expertise in learning & skills, social economy and sustainability. I work independently and with colleagues to help organisations to:
Research and evaluate initiatives and projects. This might include scoping something, assessing how well it’s going, what’s been learned, the impact it’s having and how it can be improved. I’m a qualified and experienced social researcher who can work across the range of research processes – including research design, desk research, fieldwork (delivery and management), data analysis and reporting. My particular strength is in qualitative research, which includes interviewing people in depth about an issue or their experiences, and running lively and engaging group discussions. People who’ve taken part often comment on how productive such conversations are.
Develop and implement initiatives and projects, by helping you to engage and consult with partners, develop new partnerships, and create new ways of doing things. I am also an effective and experienced project manager and contract manager, someone who can be relied upon to get a new piece of work under way or to support you in getting things done. I’m an assured public speaker, an effective group facilitator and trainer, and a clear and persuasive communicator – in English or Spanish. I’m also quite entrepreneurial, with a good track record of winning work commercially and bid writing.
With a career so far that has spanned research and delivery, policy and practice, I’ve helped organisations to plan and understand their work better, adapt to change and to some extent ‘be the change’.