Our Story

inFocus Regional Base

Major clients

 Since 2007, inFocus has designed and implemented social impact measurement and grant management solutions for funders, policy makers and frontline agencies in over 37 countries across North and South America, Africa, Europe/Middle East, Asia and Australia. 

Our mission is to ensure individuals, organisations and communities are empowered to resolve complex social issues. We help social-change professionals to examine their organisation´s impact goals, and subsequently develop the skills, capacities and tools to increase impact through their initiatives. Our goal is to help organisations to change lives and build stronger communities.

inFocus was initially conceived with the support of two strategic partners – Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and streetfootballworld – to address the widespread need for organisations within the ‘Sport for Development’ community and in the wider social development sector to better measure the impact of their work.

Our Values

Partnership

We believe that working with trusted partners is key to creating lasting solutions for change, in an increasingly inter-dependent world

Quality

We have a deep commitment to creating high quality customer solutions. We will always go the extra mile when the situation demands

 

Creativity

We work with a spirit of fun & creativity, which we see as powerful forces to drive social innovation and create ‘people centered’ results

 

Areas of Expertise

We have significant expertise across our internal team and associates, in terms of the social impact and ‘enabling’ impact areas shown to the left.

Our consultants are highly qualified to doctorate or post doctorate levels, with technical expertise across the various technical areas of our work.

inFocus grew out of the Sport for Development sector and therefore has particular expertise with the intentional use of sport to generate systemic social change.

 

Meet Our Team

Dr Damian Hatton

Managing Director / Senior Consultant 

Damian founded inFocus in 2007. He overseas the inFocus consultancy team, leads on business development and marketing and undertakes delivery work, particularly to plan and implement shared measurement and evaluation of collective impact initiatives. His high-level facilitation, training and strategic planning expertise are applied within a wide variety of client projects, utilising his monitoring, evaluation and research experience across a number of different interest areas. Previous to inFocus, Damian founded Street League, a leading social development programme, working with severely disadvantaged youths and adults across the UK. He originally trained as a medical doctor at University College London Hospital, practising in both the UK and Australia for 5 years.

Tom Keyte

Deputy Director / Senior Consultant 

Tom has over 10 years of experience as a trainer and consultant, supporting organisations with monitoring, evaluation and learning solutions. At inFocus, Tom sets up and facilitates global communities of practice with organisations from around the world, in order to share learning. He develops consultancy, training and marketing resources for monitoring and evaluation, including providing oversight of the development of the inFocus eLearning platform and resources. Additionally, Tom develops monitoring and evaluation solutions with key clients such as the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and Spirit of 2012, and develops and runs online and in-country training on key monitoring and evaluation topics. Tom has worked an inFocus (previously Acumen Social Enterprises) since 2006.

Victoria Sykes

Operations Manager / Senior Consultant

Victoria is a highly qualified programme and monitoring and evaluation specialist, with over twelve years’ experience. Key responsibilities at inFocus include account management, delivering monitoring and evaluation consultancy services to charities and social enterprises and developing tools to measure social impact. Victoria has extensive experience of international development programming, particularly in South America and Southern Africa. She previously worked as a capacity builder on a United Nations STI/HIV/AIDS programme in the Amazon and Adviser for Ombetja Yehinga in Namibia. Fluent in Portuguese, Victoria also holds a Masters in Global Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and is highly proficient using Stata and NVivo software.

Alison Carney

Deputy Operations Manager / Senior Consultant 

Alison is an expert in monitoring and evaluation with over 10 years experience. Her work with inFocus includes training and facilitation, evaluation design and research. Alison has experience in gender sensitive evaluation, design and implementation and leads inFocus’s gender work, including the Gender Community of Practice. Before joining the inFocus team, Alison worked as an independent consultant with sport and development organisations and completed her Masters in Gender and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) at the University of Sussex in the UK. Alison’s experience also includes research and publication on the topic of gender and international development. She brings to the inFocus team experience in programme design and implementation in different countries around the world including Jordan, Burkina Faso and Uganda. Working with diverse communities and in different contexts has given her knowledge and skills in inclusive and participatory facilitation. She is proficient in French and Spanish and is comfortable facilitating in both languages.

Rob Wirszycz

Strategic Advisor & Business Mentor

Rob provides strategic advice and guidance to the senior management team at inFocus in the areas of strategy, marketing, sales and people. He is actively involved with a number of social sector organisations within the UK in a voluntary capacity and has additional domain expertise in managed services, software products and within consultancy based businesses. Rob has worked previously for EDS (now HP) as European Marketing Director; the IT industry trade association, CSSA (now TechUK) as Director General; and was CEO of a number of fast growing companies in the UK and Japan. Rob has an MBA, holds Chartered status as a Director, Engineer, and Marketer; is a fellow of the RSA, IoD, ISSM and BCS; a Liveryman of the IT Livery Company (where he chairs the Entrepreneur Panel); and is a Visiting Senior Fellow at Cass Business School. He lives in West London. Meguro LLP is Rob’s trading business.  

Laura Dean-Shapiro

Senior Evaluation and Learning Consultant  

Laura combines rigorous academic training with firsthand experience in growing social-mission organizations to design and execute innovative evaluation approaches and applied research projects. Her expertise in organizational design, non-profit culture and employee identity, and social stratification, ensure that proposed methodologies are appropriate and consistent with each client’s organizational ethos. She works closely with NGO directors, network leaders, and philanthropic executives to develop data-driven strategies for practical success. Prior to joining inFocus, Laura worked with public and private entities across the United States, including the City of New Orleans, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, and ArtPlace. She believes sustainable social change is possible when forward-thinking policy makers, funders, and grassroots advocates work together. Laura holds Master’s degrees in both Sociology and International Management

Emily Richardson

Evaluation and Learning Consultant 

Emily´s responsibilities include project management, designing and implementing monitoring and evaluation solutions and business development. She has been working in international development for over six years and has solid experience of undertaking research and evaluation of social development initiatives. Thematically, Emily’s areas of interest include sports for development, education and empowerment. Previous to inFocus, Emily was a consultant at Itad – an international development firm specialised in monitoring and evaluation. She has worked on assignments in Africa, Asia and Europe, has experience using qualitative analysis software and holds a Masters in Development Management.

Andrea Azevedo

Evaluation and Learning Consultant   

Andrea is a gender equality analyst and monitoring and evaluation specialist with strong expertise in the sectors of international development and women’s empowerment. At InFocus Andrea is responsible for design and implementation of evaluation and learning projects and project management. Before joining the inFocus team, she worked with several government and NGO partners in Brazil and South America, the NGO sector the UK, and with high-level international organisations as UN Women and ILO in Brazil and EuropeAid in Belgium, as both programming and monitoring and evaluation specialist. Her expertise also includes extensive research experience in the area of social sciences and a Masters degree in Development Evaluation and Management, with a strong background in qualitative, participatory and human rights-based evaluation approaches. Andrea is fluent in Portuguese and has working knowledge of French and Spanish.

Laura Goldsmith

Project Manager / Administrator 

Laura provides support to the Managing Director and a global team of consultants, overseeing finance, human resources and general office management. She also supports marketing and communications, undertakes proof reading and travel arrangements. Laura started work at inFocus in 2012. Previous to this, she was a Consultant & Administrator at Verity Appointments and Youth Worker at Essex County Council.

Heather Ridout

Senior Evaluation & Learning Associate 

Heather has worked for a variety of social impact driven organisations (including Oasis, CAFOD and Impact Hub), involved in strategic development, project management, monitoring and evaluation and social research. Heather is a co-founder of Beeconomics, a social enterprise focused on developing youth employability. She graduated in Applied Social Sciences (Anthropology) and has a Masters in Applied (Social) Linguistics during which she conducted social research into youth communication and creativity at a London youth project.

Dr Orla Cronin

Senior Evaluation and Research Associate 

Órla is a chartered research psychologist, and the director of Órla Cronin Research. After completing her PhD, she worked in academia and then in a private sector research centre, but for the past decade she has concentrated on supporting charities and NGOS by providing consultancy and training in impact evaluation, strategy, training and facilitation. She is also an associate of Framework, a collective of independent consultants specialising in organisational effectiveness in civil society organisations. Órla works as volunteer sea staff for sail training organisations such as the Ocean Youth Trust and Spirit of Fairbridge. Getting soaking wet and chilled to the bone, at sea or on the mountains, seems to recharge her batteries, and she has a particular penchant for snow and ice!

Dr. Iryna Kravchuk

inFocus Senior Associate 

Iryna is an independent consultant and trainer in evaluation of programs and projects, program theory and theory of change, board member and co-founder of Ukrainian Evaluation Association (first head of board in 2013-2015). She is a member of the European Evaluation Society, American Evaluation Association, International Development Evaluation Association. Iryna has 15 years of professional experience in the area of public administration, international development, European integration, with the last 6 years devoted to the evaluation of programs and policies, evaluation capacity-building and training. She is also part-time Associate Professor of the National Academy of Public Administration under the office of the Presidend of Ukraine.

Jonathan Nunn

inFocus Associate Analyst 

Jonathan provides high level data analysis support to the inFocus team, applying a unique combination of international development and project management training with strong data analysis and technical insight. After several interim UK health service roles including Asst Director for Strategy (NHS Wandsworth) and between periods in Brazil, his current home, Jonathan completed a Masters in Urban Economic Development at UCL. Jonathan also works with Redes da Maré, a local NGO in one of Rio’s favela complexes, providing support to data driven community development projects in partnership with organisations such as ActionAid and the FordFoundation. On weekends Jonathan can often be found climbing one of Rio’s mountains.

Jess Daggers

Senior Evaluation & Learning Associate 

Jess specialises in social impact measurement and evaluation. Jess works both as an independent evaluator and to support charities and social enterprises to build their internal capacity. She has experience working with a range of clients from small grassroots charities and startup social enterprises to large funding bodies. She is also running the evaluation of UnLtd’s Big Venture Challenge. Jess holds a Masters degree in research methods from the University of London and is a trained SROI practitioner. She is currently studying for a PhD alongside her consultancy work, investigating the politics of the social economy in the UK.

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