Amanda is a Senior Researcher at the Young Foundation. Her role involves developing and delivering high-quality research which strengthens communities, 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 (now Centre for Youth Impact), children and youth evidence hub, where she supported the development of evidence-based children and youth programmes and innovations. 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.
Since joining The Young Foundation Amanda has worked on:
- The design and creation of the Community Wellbeing Index with Co-op, the UK’s first measure of community wellbeing at a neighbourhood level.
- B-MINCOME: an in-depth two-year ethnographic investigation of experiences of B-MINCOME, a radical trial of guaranteed minimum income in Barcelona, including a participatory video process.
- The creation of guidance for building and strengthening healthy communities in new places as part of the NHS project Healthy New Towns.
- Social Innovation Drive, an EU-funded project which sought to develop a deeper understanding of global social innovation practice and policy.
Previously Amanda worked on a wide range of research and evaluation projects related to education, children and youth services, social care, and tackling violence against women and girls, including for the Department for Education, 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 pan-London charity which provides support services to survivors of gender-based violence.
List of publications :
- Health and Social Care Policy Field Summary Report
- Taking the future into their own hands: Youth work and entrepreneurial learning.
- A Review of the Private Rented Sector in England: Vulnerability and Innovation
- Social Innovation in Western Europe: Networks and Programmes as Drivers
- Commissioning Futures: A Guide for Schools
- Putting Health into Place
- Building Bridges, Building Health Report