NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

Sally Cupitt, Head of NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

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Sally leads NCVO Charities Evaluation Services, which help other charities to carry out and develop their:

  • theories of change
  • self-evaluation processes
  • impact evaluations

She has a particular interest in participatory approaches to evaluation, and her background in frontline social and community work gives her particular expertise in organisations that work with vulnerable people.

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Shehnaaz Latif, Lead Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

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Shehnaaz oversees NCVO’s outcome and impact training content and delivery including responsibility for our training contracts with funders such as BBC Children in Need and Trust for London. She helps charities and funders to build their self-evaluation capability and carries out independent evaluations. Shehnaaz has 15 years’ experience in training and consultancy work on topics including:

  • theory of change
  • self-evaluation processes including data collection, analysis and reporting
  • outcome monitoring frameworks. 

She has particular interest and expertise in working with funders and volunteer-led organisations

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Alex Farrow, Lead consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

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Alex leads on supporting voluntary organisations to strengthen their strategy and evaluate their impact. Most recently. Alex has worked with:

  • Macmillan & Hertfordshire NHS to evaluate clinical education
  • University of Nottingham Students’ Union to develop their five-year strategy
  • Equality & Human Rights Commission to articulate their priorities through theory of change
  • The Sutton Trust to strengthen their organisational effectiveness.

Alex has strong facilitation and training skills and has supported staff in a range of organisations through complex strategy processes, theory of change developments, and organisational change. He is particularly interested in

  • civil society and activism
  • human rights
  • international development
  • youth work, policy and participation.

Alex is deeply rooted within the UK voluntary sector and is a trustee of GirlGuiding UK.

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Harriet Pearce Willis, Senior Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

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Harriet leads many of our large, independent evaluations, as well as providing training and consultancy on impact.

She has particular expertise in:

  • health
  • social care
  • children and young people’s services
  • disability-related issues.

Harriet’s current and recent clients include Britain Yearly Meeting (the Religious Society of Friends - Quakers), Macmillan Cancer Support, the Alzheimer’s Society and BBC Children in Need. Harriet joined Charities Evaluation Services in 2013.

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Amira Chilvers, Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

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Amira works across NCVO Charities Evaluation Services’ projects including:

  • delivering open and in-house training
  • supporting clients to build their evaluation capacity
  • conducting external evaluations
  • supporting clients with strategy development and organisational strength reviews

Since joining NCVO Charities Evaluation Services in 2016 her clients have included the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Quakers in Britain, Trust for London, the Sutton Trust and the Religious Education Council of England and Wales.

Before joining NCVO Amira worked in education, first as a teacher and then as an educational consultant, most recently for the Church of England Education Office.

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Sarah Menzies, Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

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Since joining NCVO Charities Evaluation Services in 2015, Sarah has worked with a wide range of charities and funders through a programme of capacity building, training and external evaluation.

She is a mixed methods evaluator with expertise on action research, empowering /inclusive research and working with marginalised communities.   

She previously worked for a refugee and migrant infrastructure charity, the Evelyn Oldfield Unit, running an accredited year-long research and advocacy course for representatives from refugee and migrant community organisations. Prior to this, she worked as a project manager for Strathclyde University for a community development network, comprising mainly of social enterprises, and research body, the Scottish Centre for Sustainable Community Development.

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Michelle Curtis, CES Team Administration & Training Assistant

Michelle is responsible for co-ordinating the CES Open training programme and external training. These include tailored training to Macmillan; Trust for London; BBC Children in Need and other external organisations.

She also provides support to the CES consultants at NCVO.  

Michelle has worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years.  She has in-depth knowledge of event management, marketing and sales. In her last role at London Voluntary Service Council she was responsible for Information, data collection and evaluation of projects.

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Associates

Alongside our staff team, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services works with a small group of trusted associates. These skilled evaluation professionals help us expand our capacity and meet the need for our services. We have worked with most of them for many years, and a number are former staff.

Jean Ellis, Associate Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

Jean has played a key role in developing PQASSO, NCVO’s leading UK quality mark for the third sector, as well as other bespoke quality systems. She has led numerous programmatic evaluations in the UK and internationally, most recently an impact evaluation for the Church Urban Fund. Jean is the author of several seminal publications on evaluation and performance improvement. She has worked with Charities Evaluation Services for twenty years as a senior consultant.

Georgina Anstey, Associate Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

Georgie supports organisations to increase their capacity in impact and outcomes planning, evaluation, and reporting. She also conducts external evaluations. Georgie sits on the Inspiring Impact programme board and managed the collaborative development of the Code of Good Impact Practice for the sector. Before this, she worked on a programme to develop innovative tools to demonstrate the impact of voluntary sector support organisations. Georgie has been at NCVO for eight years and joined Charities Evaluation Services following the merger of the two organisations in 2014.

Milla Gregor, Associate Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

Over ten years Milla has worked for funders and charities that include Camden Council, Z2K, the National Housing Foundation and The Baring Foundation. She has a particular interest in the smart use of research, statistics and database systems. Milla specialises in outcomes evaluation and theory of change development. She supports people through the human side of organisational changes. Milla has experience as a mediator and trainer in relationship skills and a diploma in group facilitation, counselling skills and conflict resolution. She has studied research through many lenses including anthropology (Cambridge), health policy (LSE/LSHTM) and research methods (Open University).

Diana Parkinson, Associate Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

Diana has particular expertise in working with organisations in the criminal justice, homelessness and women’s sectors. Her clients include One25, the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Volunteering Matters. She has an MSc in professional practice in research methods and is chair of the board of trustees for the charity, Birth Companions. Diana has been an associate consultant with Charities Evaluation Services since 2002.

Avan Wadia, Associate Consultant, NCVO Charities Evaluation Services

Avan’s recent work includes supporting the Motor Neurone Disease Association to implement an outcomes framework. She also carried out an evaluation for Swindon Therapy Centre. Avan has provided support to grantees of Children in Need and Lloyds TSB Foundation. She is an experienced evaluator and trainer and has been an associate consultant with Charities Evaluation Service since 2005.

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