Leila Baker

Leila oversees IVAR’s portfolio of research and evaluation and has led studies and evaluations for the Big Lottery Fund, Charity Commission and the Child Sexual Exploitation Funders Alliance. She is particularly interested in small community-based organisations and has carried out research into their contribution to social change, their advocacy role and their experience of social finance. Over the past few years, Leila has developed learning partnerships with a number of voluntary organisations that are breaking new ground in their field and want to use research, evaluation and facilitation to help them learn and adapt their work. Recently created learning partnerships are with Commonweal Housing and Parents 1st.

Previous work

Leila is an experienced researcher and evaluator who has been working in the voluntary sector for twenty years, starting out as a volunteer in homelessness hostels in London and Oxford and later managing and commissioning research you for Shelter. Leila has worked as a volunteer, practitioner and trustee as well as researcher with a wide variety of small voluntary and community organisations, local authorities and housing associations as well as national charities and think tanks.

Other interests

She co-designs and delivers the Research into Practice course for doctoral students at the Institute of Education and is a trustee of Waltham Forest Citizens Advice.