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The Evidence Quarter

Powering evidence-based change together

The Evidence Quarter (The EQ) is home to a small but growing number of evidence-minded organisations, including What Works Centres. 

The EQ is currently home to ten organisations:

The EQ aims to bring together centres to share physical space, increase collaboration, and tackle joint challenges together. Each evidence organisation exists for a reason – to tackle a particular problem, or to help a particular group – and the uniqueness of each centre is in some ways its strength, but we face common challenges; around methodology, building movements, and achieving an impact with the research that we do. 

Centres also overlap in their goals. Six of the current What Works Centres have young people as their main focus – whether their outcomes are in education, higher education or employment, or reducing the risk of harm. The more these organisations can work together, and share resources and ideas, the more impact they can have. 

The EQ aims to be more than just an office. We want to facilitate the organisations to become greater than the sum of their parts. We regularly host events and seminars from speakers on a variety of topics of interest to our members, and, through our community manager, host working groups and roundtables on areas of cross-cutting interest, including how LGBTQAI+ people are recognised and supported by research, and the use of multiple comparison testing in impactful research. Co-location will also allow organisations to share operational functions and secure better deals and rates from suppliers.

The EQ hopes to provide a meeting place for people outside of the tenants, through The EQ associates programme. This programme, a joint effort with the Alliance for Useful Evidence at Nesta, will provide a literal and figurative space for organisations who value evidence to come together.

To learn more about how you can be part of The EQ, please click here.

Meet The EQ team

Francesca Grant
Community Manager

Francesca’s role is to develop a collaborative environment across The EQ; coordinating our internal communications and events. Francesca is also responsible for the online presence of The EQ and growing our wider community.

Prior to joining The EQ, Francesca spent 10 years working in the charity sector, with experience across programme management, events and recruitment.

Francesca has a keen interest in psychology, completing a counselling qualification and outside of work enjoys outdoor sport, cooking and painting.

Ellie Butson
Office Manager

Ellie has 6 years of administration experience, 4 years’ in healthcare and 2 years’ in recruitment, which has culminated in a broad range of office coordination skills. She enjoys making sure spaces are organised and functioning well, and is always happy to take on a new challenge.

Her journey in administration was kicked off alongside a Level 2 Business Administration apprenticeship in a small company that helped her to prioritise her time with studying and working full-time.  In her spare time Ellie enjoys long walks (with a side of dining out or shopping), holidaying in Brighton or finding her next binge on Netflix.

James Robson
Data Protection Officer

James has 10+ years infosec and data governance experience including privacy/security information management system design for multiple large multi-national organisations. His qualifications include IAPP CIPP/E, CIPT, IBITGQ EU GDPR P, and ISO 27001 Lead Implementer and proudly considers himself a data protection nerd.

Before joining The EQ, James was a senior consultant for Evalian Limited working on multiple data governance and security projects at any one time being Data Protection Officer for a number of companies concurrently. Before Evalian he was a Data Governance & IT Security Specialist for the largest global psychometric testing firm SHL Group Ltd.

James is also a 500 hour qualified hot power yoga and meditation teacher who loves spending time with his family, reading and going ice skating with his daughter.

Sarah Cumbers

Sarah brings significant interest and experience in evidence based practice to the Board of the Evidence Quarter. She is the founding Director of Evidence and Insight at global safety charity Lloyd’s Register Foundation, where she leads a team that seeks to apply evidential thinking to safety and engineering.

Prior to the Foundation, Sarah spent much of her career at NICE, the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, working across a number of roles and programmes including health technology evaluation, guidelines, and information services. Sarah led the establishment of NICE Connect – a major digital transformation programme including a data and analytics function.

Sarah has a PhD in immunology and has also worked briefly in medical writing and the health voluntary sector. She has two daughters and sings for a London-based chamber choir.

Leighton Chipperfield

Leighton Chipperfield joined the Royal Economic Society as Chief Executive in 2017.  Since 2017 the RES has undergone a rapid modernisation process with a new strategy, a campaign launched to improve diversity in the discipline and the introduction of modern governance, communications and operations that befit one of the UK’s major learned societies. Previously Leighton held senior roles at the Microbiology Society and Elsevier, with over 20 years experience at the interface between research and policy. He has previously served as a trustee for a children’s mental health charity and for a membership institute in clinical medicine. 

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Leighton holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Voluntary Sector Management from Cass Business School and a Diploma in Charity Management from the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

Kim Bond

Kim’s career has focused on fundraising, social impact analysis, development, communications, and marketing for a wide range of charities and not-for-profits with regional, national, and international remits. These have included medical and health causes, water and sanitation programmes, and inward-investment international development. Her focus has always been on elevating the voices of the people often referred to simply as “beneficiaries” in fundraising applications and drawing out stories that teach us what works and why. 

She is now the Fundraising Manager for NAPAC, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood. She is also a doctoral candidate with Apsley Business School, reading business administration (DBA), specialising in impact analysis including vulnerable adults and trauma survivors. A member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, in July 2021 she joined the Sole Fundraisers group as their Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Champion. 

In her spare time she plays guitar, video games, writes and illustrates short stories, and tend to her mis-matched menagerie of rescue animals.

Richard Brown

Richard Brown is a consultant and writer specialising in urban policy, built environment and economics.
His previous roles have included leading the research and events teams at Centre for London (an independent think tank), strategic planning for London’s Olympic Park legacy, setting up an architecture team for the Mayor of London, and researching democracy and economic development in local authorities for the Audit Commission. His writing has included co-authoring ‘A Place for All People’ with Richard Rogers, and co-editing and authoring ‘London’s Mayor at 20’ with Tony Travers and Jack Brown. He has degrees in Politics and Administration, and Philosophy and Ancient History. He enjoys playing the piano (badly) and going to gigs (when legal).

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