Head of Evidence Analytics

Alison is passionate about using evidence synthesis and knowledge mobilisation skills to provide actionable insights for decision makers.  Alison leads an evidence analysis service, providing high quality analysis of research-derived and implementation evidence to support transformation and strategic commissioning - typically through rapid reviews and desk research, often integrated with qualitative or quantitative analysis.  Alison has highly regarded skills in knowledge management; literature searching; appraisal; data extraction; summary writing; and synthesis.  Recent projects include:  logic models to support monitoring of the Long Term Plan;  development of a strategy for a learning health system; and synthesis of evidence on new models of care.  Alison was also Principal Investigator on a study funded by the National Institute for Health Research on primary care-led integrated models.

Involved in various initiatives to help decision makers make sense of the latest evidence and knowledge, Alison is a member of the NIHR Dissemination Centre Advisory Group and the NHS R & D Forum Evidence for Commissioning Group and the Alliance for Useful Evidence’s Champions Network.  Alison is on the organising team for the UK Knowledge Mobilisation Forum, an annual event providing a creative space for collaborative learning to share knowledge, experiences and methods and access to some of the most up to date thinking and practice in the field.  Alison is committed to sharing learning and has contributed workshops and papers at a range of conferences including Evidence Live, Health Services Research UK and the European Association of Health Information and Libraries. 

Alison enjoys helping decision makers and practitioners, who typically have many pressures on their time, to critically apply learning from research and practice to the complex problems they are tackling.  Outside of work, Alison likes to get involved in her local community and is a Governor at her local primary school.