Becky manages complex children and young people research projects and has a critical role in the delivery and management of Childcare Sufficiency Assessments across England.
In 2008 – 09 she is responsible for a large scale quantitative research programme for Sheffield City Council. Demand for childcare is being assessed across the city’s 38 Children’s Centre areas by interviews with 5,700 parents and carers, depth telephone interviews with a variety of stakeholders, including Early Years managers, Jobcentre Plus advisers and Area Co-ordinators, and CATI telephone surveys with 400 employers. The data and recommendations are giving Sheffield City Council a robust platform to begin reshaping childcare services and meet local needs.
She also delivers large-scale and longitudinal evaluation and research projects with clients including The Prince’s Trust and numerous Early Years Departments and Sure Start / Children’s Centre programmes. Her findings allow clients to plan and implement new child and family-friendly strategies backed by evidence.
Becky holds an MA in Qualitative Research and regularly consults with children, young people and families from a wide-variety of backgrounds, including ‘seldom heard’ groups such as fathers; young parents; parents of and children with SEN (Special Educational Needs); disaffected and disadvantaged young people; and the unemployed. Becky’s empathy and excellent listening skills encourage honesty and openness in her qualitative research.
Examples of where this approach has worked well include consultation with children and families about counselling services and family support workers; group discussions with SEN children; and life-story interviews with young drug and alcohol users.
“The most rewarding part of this job is revealing the opinions and experiences of research participants and seeing the positive impact this information has on policy development.”
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