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.

Hannah Lawrence

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.

Anita Chandra

Senior Research and Evaluation Officer

Anita is an experienced mixed-methods researcher who has conducted research with both adults and children and young people. Before joining Coram, Anita worked at Mind, the mental health charity conducting a range of research on people’s experiences of mental health problems as well as evaluations looking at the impact of programmes and services on people’s wellbeing. She was involved in evaluating Mind’s own Whole School Approach programme which had a particular focus on improving the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, their parents and school staff.

Anita has expertise in a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, including designing surveys and questionnaires, interviewing children and young people and other stakeholders. She also has experience in young people’s influence and participation as part of her research. Anita also holds a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Clinical Mental Health Sciences from UCL.

Emma Borjes


Research and Evaluation Officer

Emma has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and was promoted to Research and Evaluation Officer in December 2020. Emma joined Coram in June 2019 as Impact and Evaluation Coordinator. During her time at Coram she has led and contributed to several research and evaluation projects, including managing the collection and analysis of quarterly monitoring data across the Coram group. She has carried out evaluations for various parts of the Coram group such as Coram Life Education, Tomorrow’s Achievers and Coram Voice. 

Emma holds an MSc in International Social Change and Policy from the University of Sheffield. 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.

Lizzie Gilbert


Impact & Evaluation Coordinator

Lizzie assists the team with research and administrative support. Lizzie has an MSc in International Development from SOAS University of London. While completing her MSc, she undertook a research internship for a social enterprise. She previously worked with young people and families in a local authority housing department and as a Helpline Advisor for a charity.

Daniel Stern

Impact & Evaluation Coordinator

Daniel provides research and administrative support to the team. He has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research. Daniel has a DPhil in Environmental Justice and Post-Politics from the University of Durham, and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods. Immediately before joining Coram, Daniel taught children to row in East London.

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