Previous Projects & Satisfied Customers

ATD Research and Consultancy specialises in the domains of criminal justice, health and well-being with research and practitioner experience across prison, probation, third sector and local authority provisions. We have experience of devising and designing gender responsive services, working with substance misusing offenders as well as individuals with complex needs including perpetrators of crime as well as victims. Our expertise comes from a substantial portfolio of previous work which includes:

  • Conducting primary research on perceived risk of child sexual abuse in the youth secure estate

  • Conducting primary research with perpetrators of child sexual exploitation in organised networks

  • Supporting the evaluation and impact assessment of a new Victim Navigator role to support victims of modern slavery

  • Undertaking needs assessments in prisons including working across 9 prisons in the South East of England to set up prison councils

  • Evaluating a community rehabilitation project for substance misusing adults

  • Evaluating substance misuse provisions in the community for young people and adults across the country

  • Evaluating provisions for offenders with complex needs including vulnerable adults and older offenders

  • Evaluating provisions such as Street Triage and the Integrated Offender Management Scheme

  • Evaluating third sector provisions and supporting them to evidence their impact

  • Evaluating multiple services for victims across the country

  • Securing grant funding for new services

  • Formulating and fostering innovative partnership working arrangements

  • Consulting on Department of Health initiatives

  • Evaluating a steroid project in the community in partnership with the University of Essex and Big Lottery

  • Consulting on a new recovery community initiative as part of their national steering group

I have worked with Sarah (Director of ATD) and commissioned research and evaluation from her over a number of years. She is a joy to work with, brings a huge amount of experience and knowledge with her, she is committed to truly engaging with those for whom services are commissioned and the “product” she provides is always of the highest quality and completely honest in its presentation of findings
— Ben Hughes, Head of Commissioning, Public Health and Wellbeing, Essex County Council
I just wanted to email you to say thank you ever so much for the training that you ran on Wednesday. I found this very helpful training. I am sitting at my desk this afternoon and planning how I can implement this training onto my wards. I found it very practically useful and motivating!
— Partnerships in Care
Sarah has always held a passion for giving voice to marginalised or under-represented groups of people and enhancing the effectiveness of offender rehabilitation in the UK. She’s ambitious and highly motivated to achieve, thoughtful, reflective of her own experiences and needs and those of others, articulate, an empathic listener, and presents as warm, engaging and genuinely interested in other people. Her drive for knowledge is evidenced in her academic achievements but also taking a brave move to set up her own (successful) research and consultancy business, with an emphasis on discovery and enhancing service provision. In my view, she has a strong set of skills spanning academic psychology, multidisciplinary team working, applied psychological practice in the criminal justice system, consultancy, research (including dissemination), delivery of training, working with partners to generate solutions to problems, and business organisation and management
— Dr Emily Glorney, Registered Forensic Psychologist, Royal Holloway
Thanks for an excellent and thought provoking workshop
— Senior Client Service Manager, Home Group