Dr Sarah Morton


Sarah is internationally recognised for her work in developing innovative approaches to ensure that decision-makers have access to the best evidence for taking organisations, policies and practices forward. She has done this through:

  1. creating channels for getting research into the real world (at the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships)
  2. broadening understanding of the interaction between research, policy and practice (through work with UNICEF, What Work Scotland and  other research); and
  3. working alongside organisations to use evidence for improving services for the families and communities they serve (with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Starcatchers, The Scottish Book Trust, Shelter Scotland and others).

Sarah has pioneered a participatory approach to using contribution analysis to understand and achieve outcomes.


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    Sarah’s publications

    Progressing research impact assessment: A ‘contributions’ approach (2015)

    Sarah Morton. Evaluation, Volume 24, Issue 4, Pages 405–419

    Developing a framework to evaluate knowledge into action interventions (2018)

    Sarah Morton, Suzanne Wilson, Sheila Inglis, Karen Ritchie and Ann Wales. BMC Health Services Research, 2018, Volume 18, Number 1, Page 1

    Evidence synthesis for knowledge exchange: balancing responsiveness and quality in providing evidence for policy and practice (2018)

    Sarah Morton. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 14, Number 1, pp. 155-167(13). Policy Press

    Qualities of knowledge brokers: reflections from practice (2013)

    David Phipps and Sarah Morton. Evidence & Policy: A Journal of Research, Debate and Practice, Volume 9, Number 2, pp. 255-265(11). Policy Press. (Please note paper is not open access)

    Changing national policy on violence affecting children: An impact assessment of UNICEF and partners’ Multi-Country Study on the Drivers of Violence affecting Children in Peru (2017)

    Sarah Morton and Tabitha Casey. University of Edinburgh.

    Getting evidence into action to tackle institutional child abuse (2017)

    Sarah Morton. Child Abuse & Neglect, Volume 74, Pages 111-114. (Please note paper is not open access)

    Evaluating the Young Mothers’ Service using contribution analysis: lessons learned (2016)

    Cara Blaisdell, Harriet Waugh, Sarah Morton and Marsha Scott, based on a project with Sarah Morton. The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Research Briefing 79.

    Manifesto for Partnerships between Universities and Non-academics (2015)

    Sarah Morton.

    Evaluation Report: The Play Ground, A Starcatchers Project (2014)

    Conducted by Starcatchers with the support of Sarah Morton.

    Assessing research impact: A case study of participatory research (2013)

    Sarah Morton and Jennie Flemming. Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Research Briefing 66.

    The data on children’s wellbeing is misleading — here’s why (2019)

    Opinion piece for Apolitical