Sarah Morton

Sarah is Co-Director (Knowledge Exchange) for CRFR and leads the knowledge exchange team, facilitating ways in which research on families and relationships can be widely used. Sarah is also the Knowledge Exchange Specialist for the Scottish School for Public Health Research, (  and an Impact Analyst within the University of Edinburgh.

Sarah works at the interface between social research, policy and practice in a range of leadership roles. She has recently completed an ESRC funded PhD looking at the process assessing the impact of research on policy and practice, and is an associate of the Research Unit for Research Utilisation ( and a was member of the Scottish Funding Council’s working group on Knowledge Exchange and Public Policy.

Sarah is interested in all aspects of research use and knowledge to action, particularly social research, issues in the co-production of research, assessing impact and approaches to research use which address complexity. Sarah has been working in knowledge exchange for over ten years, but previously had held a variety of networking, policy development and research roles in the voluntary sector. This work builds on her experience of community education, community development and adult education.

Current CRFR Focus:

Current and recent projects (in addition to ongoing KE work) include:

  • Gender-based violence research network
  • About Families: generating evidence, informing change (funded by Big Lottery)
  • Evaluation of the Personal Development Project (PDP) for Scottish Government
  • DIEGO: Impact Case study of Social Action Research Centre at De Montford
  • Support to College of Humanities and Social Sciences on REF Impact case studies
  • On-going work using Contribution Analysis to assist self-evaluation with Starcatchers, Alcohol Focus Scotland and West Lothian Council

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