Senior Evaluation Officer, Youth Endowment Fund
Lara focuses on the evaluation work of the Youth Endowment Fund (YEF).
She previously worked as a senior member of the evidence team at Lumos, an international NGO working to end the institutionalisation of children around the world. She led on developing Lumos’ approach to measuring child outcomes and systems change, primarily focusing on their work in Africa and Latin America.
Prior to this Lara was a researcher at EIF, working across the breadth of the organisation's research portfolio, including interparental relationships, child development and mental health, and programme evaluation.
Lara completed her MSc in evidence-based social intervention and policy evaluation at the University of Oxford. She is a UK-registered social worker and completed her master of social work at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
Having previously worked directly with children at risk of offending, as well as individuals following imprisonment or alternative sentencing, Lara is driven to develop the evidence base for ‘what works’ to prevent youth offending.