Meet the Impact and Evaluation team

The team has expertise in data analysis, qualitative and quantitative research methods and participatory research with children, young people, parents and professionals.

Dr Sarah Taylor

Group Head of Impact and Evaluation

sarah.taylor@coram.org.uk
0207 520 0316

Sarah Taylor leads the impact and evaluation team at Coram. She co-ordinates a programme of research, evaluation, and monitoring across the Coram group, to anticipate and respond to the needs of children. Sarah is interested both in what works, and what could be done better, to prove and improve services and professional practice.

Sarah joined Coram in August 2019 from the National Audit Office. At the NAO she held the government to account, leading mixed-methods studies for parliament on social care, housing, and tax and benefit policies, and delivered training on evidence and evaluation. She has worked as an evaluator in a maternity charity, and was Head of Local Evaluation at the Early Intervention Foundation. Originally from Glasgow, she holds social science degrees from the London School of Economics and a DPhil from the University of Oxford on the topic of child poverty in the UK.

Jorgen Lovbakke

Lead Research and Evaluation Officer

Jorgen has 20 years’ experience of research and evaluation from charities, central and local government, and frontline agencies. Before joining Coram he worked in research primarily in the areas of criminology and forensic psychology, with an emphasis on the prevention of child sexual abuse. He has held senior roles at the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, the Ministry of Justice, and the Youth Justice Board.

Jorgen has extensive experience of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, is the author of numerous research and statistics reports, and holds an MA in Psychology from the University of St Andrews. As Lead Research and Evaluation Officer at Coram, he has a role in most of the Impact & Evaluation Team’s work, either directly or through quality assurance.

Hannah Lawrence (on maternity leave)

Senior Research and Evaluation Officer

Hannah has ten years’ experience in evaluation and project management in the children and young people’s sector. Hannah has conducted qualitative and quantitative research with practitioners, parents and carers and children and young people. Topics she has studied include special guardianship orders, siblings waiting for adoption and assessments for disabled children and young people. Hannah is studying a MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at University College London.

Olivia Michelmore

Senior Research and Evaluation Officer

Olivia is an experienced mixed-methods researcher who specialises in children’s and young people’s research. She has expertise in a range of methodologies including school surveys and questionnaire design. As part of this she has extensive experience of interviewing children and young people (on sensitive topics) and has moderated focus groups. In addition she has conducted research with stakeholders and practitioners. At Coram she has been working on research about school exclusion to inform a government review. This research included a national survey of parents andyoung people and interviews with school
pupils. Before joining Coram, Olivia was a researcher at Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute, where she specialised in children’s research and large scale national projects.

Emma Borjes


Impact & Evaluation Co-ordinator

Emma provides research support to the team. She has completed an MSc in International Social Change and Policy at University of Sheffield. As part of her master’s, she carried out both quantitative and qualitative research and undertook several modules relating to child welfare. In combination with her master’s dissertation, Emma undertook an internship with an international children’s rights organisation, where she assisted on a research project examining corporal punishment in Nigerian primary schools.

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