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 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. She sits on advisory and steering groups including the research ethics committee for What Works for Children’s Social Care. 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

Hannah Lawrence Research Manager

Research Manager

Hannah is a qualitative social researcher in the children and young people’s sector. Hannah has used qualitative and mixed method research and evaluation to better understand complex interventions in children’s social care. Hannah has extensive experience of primary qualitative research with adoptive parents, foster carers, care experienced children and young people, and children’s social care and mental health practitioners. Hannah has studied the parenting experiences of special guardians, practical and policy issues relating to siblings waiting for adoption in England and children with special educational needs or disabilities and their families’ experiences of accessing statutory assessments for support. Hannah is studying a MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at University College London.

 Lisa Kunwar Deer

Reserch Manager

Lisa joined Coram in 2022 as a Research Manager working across the Impact and Evaluation team and Coram Family and Childcare. She is involved in a range of research, evaluation and project management across both teams.

Lisa has worked in policy research, development, monitoring and evaluation in the public and voluntary sectors, on children and young people’s services - education including early years and SEND, children’s social care, and mental health. In her previous role in a London borough she developed local area multi-agency strategic policies underpinned by mixed methods research and evaluation. Lisa is committed to delivering user centred research to influence policy to underpin equally accessible and impactful services for children and their families. In 2021 she completed a master’s in Social Research Methods at Roehampton University including a qualitative case study research project on parents’ experiences of disadvantage in the English SEN and disabilities system.

Emily Blackshaw

Lead Quantitative Analyst

Emily is an experienced mixed methods researcher, specialising in quantitative methods. In her role at Coram, Emily leads on quantitative data analysis across a portfolio of internal and external projects. Emily has a particular interest in youth mental health and psychosocial models of distress.

Before joining Coram, Emily worked in the Business Development Team at Mind whilst completing her PhD on the psychometric properties of the YP-CORE measurement tool. Prior to this, Emily worked on three projects at King’s College London - a feasibility randomised controlled trial for an intervention for depression and anxiety in older adolescents, an evaluation of a community-based group intervention supporting parents with young children, and a study exploring the communication of paediatric cardiac surgery survival rates to the public. Emily’s research publications include contributions to Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Health Services and Delivery Research.

Lizzie Gilbert


Impact & Evaluation Coordinator

Lizzie leads on projects involving both quantitative and qualitative analysis. 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

Research Assistant

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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