Research and Evaluation Team

The research and evaluation team has the critical role of supporting the planning team and our partners with research. They will be leading on the process evaluation, monitoring community outcomes and synthesizing evidence useful for action planning.

There is some overlap with Kevin and Jennifer from the planning team also sitting on the research and evaluation team alongside:

Sarah Ward


Sarah Ward is Research Associate with Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland. Recent research has focused on the evaluation of assets approaches, and using the Capabilities Approach in community settings. She is a Community Development practitioner and member of CLD, and has worked in a range of roles and neighbourhoods across Glasgow over the past twenty years, including youth work, schools collaboration, parent and family support, and the development of Whiteinch Community Centre, a locally-owned community asset.

Maureen McBride


Maureen is working as a Research Associate for the Children’s Neighbourhoods. Maureen has conducted research for What Works Scotland, focused on a project exploring community responses to prejudice and hate crime. She is now working on a project to explore the educational needs and experiences of refugee children in Scotland. Maureen’s PhD research intended to develop more theoretically-informed approach to the study of sectarianism in Scotland than the current mainstream scholarship offers. She explores how people make sense of new hierarchies of belonging and exclusion that have emerged in contemporary society, and aims to develop a critical framework which places power and inequality at the centre of analysis. Her publications include a report for the Scottish Government entitled What works to reduce prejudice and discrimination? A review of the evidence, (2015) and she is co-editor of a book entitled No Problem Here: understanding racism in Scotland, published in November 2017.