Alison is an experienced research and evaluation professional with 20 years of experience leading quantitative and qualitative projects of every type. Known for her ability to derive meaningful narratives, strategies, and recommendations from data, she is sought after by clients across the private, public, and non-profit sectors.
Although Alison conducts qualitative and quantitative research for clients in a wide range of sectors, she has specialized in conducting research – and producing research-based strategic plans as well as market uptake projection models – in the pharmaceutical, biotech, NGO, and provincial and federal government sectors. Over the course of her career, Alison has facilitated more than a thousand focus groups and in-depth interviews. She also has a very successful track record in grant design/writing and helping clients secure funding from both private and public sector institutions.
Alison is a leading evaluation professional. In her role as a Special Advisor of Research and Evaluation with the federal government for eight years, she led one of Canada’s largest evaluation initiatives – managing national and provincial multi-year, multi-site intervention and policy/program evaluations. As part of this work, Alison was also responsible for research, evaluation training, community consultations, and strategic planning.
Prior to joining Pollara, Alison maintained an independent research and evaluation practice in addition to her time as an evaluation professional with the Government of Canada. She has also held Vice President and Senior Director roles with research firms in Canada, the US, and the UK – including Ipsos, MORI, NRG, and IFOP. Her research has been published in a range of publications, and has received accolades in parliament. Alison holds a Ph.D. in Research from Oxford University, where she was also an instructor and tutor for 3 years. She also holds a M.A. in Political Science and Government from the University of British Columbia.