Sarah is co-chair and co-editor of the Campbell Education Coordinating Group and also Deputy Director of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation, within which she leads the What Works in Schools programme of research. Sarah’s own research focuses on children’s social emotional development and academic attainment. She has considerable methodological and statistical expertise, which includes the conduct and analysis of randomised controlled trials as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Sarah is co-author of Using Randomised Controlled Trials in Education (2017, Sage Publications).
Fiona has joined the team at Campbell UK & Ireland as Deputy Director. She has a PhD in Health Economics and is a lecturer in the School of Nursing and Midwifery and fellow of the Centre for Evidence and Social Innovation. Her research focuses on enhancing maternal and child health and wellbeing, with a particular interest in identifying and evaluating what works for families from the antenatal period through to the early years of childhood. Fiona is a health economist with experience of conducting economic evaluations alongside intervention-based studies (randomised controlled trials, cluster RCTs, pilot trials and feasibility studies) and conducting systematic reviews. Recent reviews she has been involved in include interventions addressing men, masculinities and gender equality in sexual and reproductive health, the effect of music therapy in reducing stress for pregnant women, home visiting for socially disadvantaged mothers, and the public health role of the midwife. For the last five years, Fiona has been collaborating with researchers at the Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina in Brazil on issues of public health in maternity care and providing training to postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows on systematic review methods.
On her new role as Deputy Director of Campbell UK & Ireland, Fiona is keen to promote the use of Campbell Reviews in policy and practice “With public services, policy-makers need high-quality systematic reviews to help assess choices and make the best resource decisions. One of the key aims of Campbell UK & Ireland is to educate, train and promote the use of review evidence to policy makers and practitioners. I’m excited to be joining a team that bridges the gap between research and practice.”
Ciara has an established international reputation in evidence synthesis methodology. Systematic review projects have demonstrated her expertise in the intersections of health, social welfare, disability, and education. Ciara is a Methods Editor and Information Retrieval specialist for the Campbell Collaboration and has been conducting evidence synthesis since 2013. She is most committed to capacity building in the method, which has led to her work as Founder and Editor of the meta-evidence blog and twitter’s @evidencerobot and @COVID_Evidence.
Before joining Campbell UK and Ireland Paul spent 16 years as a grant-maker in with a major global philanthropy. A large part of this entailed working in partnership with governments, their agencies and the NGO sector on evidence-informed policy and services for children and families. Before that a varied career saw him work in human rights organisations, as a youth worker, in town planning and finance in the Health Service.
Carrie joined Queen's in 2000. In November 2019 she joined Campbell UK & Ireland as Administrator and works as Managing Editor for the Education Co-ordinating Group.
In Carrie's words:
"I value the importance of research and enjoy supporting the team in promoting the work of the Campbell Collaboration across the UK and Ireland. It's great to be part of a collaborative team, who essentially aim to improve key challenging societal issues and make a difference to people's lives"
Daragh joins us as a Fellow through the Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI) fellowship scheme, which aims to provide Fellows with the opportunity to learn about evidence synthesis in general, as well as to develop the practical skills of how to plan, design, conduct and report an evidence synthesis.
Speaking of the appointment Dr Sarah Miller, Director of Campbell UK & Ireland, said “This is an exciting collaboration and we are so pleased to have Daragh join us through ESI fellowship scheme. Daragh will be working with ourselves in Campbell UK & Ireland, to learn more about evidence synthesis, and will also be working with the LINKS project team on their evidence and gap map of early childhood interventions in low and middle income countries.”
Leonor joins us as a Fellow through the Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI) fellowship scheme, which aims to provide Fellows with the opportunity to learn about evidence synthesis in general, as well as to develop the practical skills of how to plan, design, conduct and report an evidence synthesis.
Leonor will be working with Professor Miller on mapping RCTs evaluating universal social emotional learning programmes for pre-school and primary school children. This resource will soon be available to the research and education community and will highlight gaps in evidence and identify areas for focused synthesis of existing trials.
Karen joins us as a Fellow through the Evidence Synthesis Ireland (ESI) fellowship scheme, which aims to provide Fellows with the opportunity to learn about evidence synthesis in general, as well as to develop the practical skills of how to plan, design, conduct and report an evidence synthesis.
Karen is working with Dr Ciara Keenan on reviewing video-based interventions for promoting positive social behaviour in children with autism spectrum disorders. As a registered children's physiotherapist and postdoctoral researcher working in the field of childhood disability, she is excited to work on this pertinent and interesting review topic. Karen is also grateful for the opportunity to work with Campbell UK & Ireland to help her consolidate her evidence synthesis skills and develop new skills in meta-analysis.
Speaking of the appointment Dr Ciara Keenan said, “We are so delighted to be working with Karen on this review and I look forward to supporting Karen and providing her with plenty of opportunities to learn more about evidence synthesis. Karen is an impressive researcher with expertise and skills that will lend themselves well to this project."