Amanda is a Senior Researcher at the Young Foundation. Her role involves developing and delivering high quality research which tackles structural inequalities, often exploring and facilitating social innovation to do so.
Amanda has a background in developing research to improve, change or disrupt practice and policy. Amanda was the Academics and Researchers Manager at Project Oracle, children and youth evidence hub, where she supported the development of evidence-based children and youth programmes and innovations. This involved bringing together academics, researchers, and youth practitioners to work together to develop robust and feasible research and evaluation strategies. Prior to that Amanda was a Consultant at Cordis Bright where she secured and delivered a range of qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods research projects to improve the delivery of public services. For example, Amanda managed or contributed to:
- A longitudinal evaluation of a multi-agency hub for missing children in South Wales, funded by the Welsh Government
- A review of interventions for children and families for the Welsh Social Services Improvement Agency
- An evaluation of a DfE Social Care Innovation Fund Project, the Family Learning Intervention Programme, delivered by Hackney Council
- Explorations of antenatal education and early years education provision in two English local authorities
- A range of research and evaluation projects related to tackling violence against women and girls, including for the Big Lottery Fund, Refuge, Women’s Aid and the Welsh Government
Amanda started her career in social research when she completed a research internship at the Young Foundation in 2010. Since then, as well as conducting research, Amanda also gained first-hand experience of working to tackle educational inequality as a secondary school teacher in East London as part of the TeachFirst Leadership Development Scheme.
Amanda has an MSc in Social Policy Research from the London School of Economics, a PGCE in secondary (history) education from University College London Institute of Education, and a BA (Hons) in History from the University of Cambridge. She is also a Trustee of Women & Girls Network, a charity which provides support services to survivors of gender-based violence.