Dr. Sarah Morton
Sarah has been working on evidence to action for 19 years. She is internationally recognised for developing innovative approaches to ensure decision-makers have access to the best evidence for taking organisations, policies, and practices forward. Sarah pioneered a participatory approach using contribution analysis to understand impact, and this is the basis of her company Matter of Focus. She cut her KE teeth at the pioneering Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, broadened understanding of the interaction between research, policy and practice through research and practice work with UNICEF, What Work Scotland and others, and worked alongside organisations to use evidence for improving services for the families and communities they serve (with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Starcatchers, The Scottish Book Trust, Shelter Scotland and others).
Sarah developed a research impact assessment framework based on contribution analysis and has used it to carry out 7 independent impact assessments, including 14 case studies, of research centres and initiatives across 8 countries around the world.
Sarah’s background is in social sciences and participation with a degree in Sociology, Masters in Community Education and Social Policy by Research, and a PhD in Social Policy. Prior to KE work she held networking, policy development and research roles in the voluntary sector and spent ten years tutoring adult learners in community settings and with the Open University. She worked in Knowledge exchange at the University of Edinburgh from 2001-2017.
Sarah has 2 grownup children and can be found swimming in the sea all year round, gardening and making music in Edinburgh, Scotland.