We are a small team led by evaluation expert, Patrick Regan.
Patrick Regan, Director and Lead Consultant
After working in the charity and NGO sector for over 10 years, I set up the Rights Evaluation Studio – a consultancy which pairs a creative approach with rigorous application of research and evaluation standards to effectively evaluate complex projects and programmes.
I have worked in monitoring, evaluation and project management at organisations such as Prostate Cancer UK, the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre. Since developing my consultancy business, I have worked with a range of human rights organisations such as Minority Rights Group, Digital Freedom Fund, European Digital Rights Network, Article 19 and more. My expertise in monitoring and evaluation, paired with my dedication to democracy, rule of law and international human rights has led me to take a strategic and creative approach to human rights evaluation– developing tools and systems which are realistic and help capture outcome and impact data for difficult to measure projects and programmes.
I strongly believe that principles of inclusion, voice, non-discrimination and a rights-based lens to evaluation can help generate useful, insightful and impactful evaluation data.
As well as a strong grounding in monitoring and evaluation, I have also successfully designed many projects and proposals, securing multiple triple-figure grants from trusts, foundations and government donors for international human rights projects.
I have a BA from Cardiff University in Spanish and Latin American Studies and hold an MRes in Social Research, Law and Legal Studies from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Hugh Atkinson, Evaluation & Research Associate
I provide administrative, research and evaluation support across RES projects and also work as an embedded evaluation associate to help maintain and develop one of our partner’s evaluation systems.
After working on campaigns and projects within the charity and humanitarian sector, I joined RES as a freelance researcher in October 2020 and became a more permanent member of the team in 2021; during this time I have been developing my knowledge and expertise of different tools, frameworks, and approaches to impactful and sustainable human rights programmes. I have since worked on numerous projects with RES covering a diverse range of themes including digital rights, legal advocacy, judicial discrimination, freedom of expression, and minority rights.
My research interests, which include migration, minority and indigenous rights, and decolonization, align well with the values and approaches at RES, in particular the emphasis on participatory frameworks and principles of inclusion when collecting evaluation data.
I have a BA in History from the University of Bristol, and an MA in International Relations at King’s College London.
Sophie Nicholas, Researcher and Facilitator
I am an Impact Researcher and Facilitator at RES, providing support across RES projects and leading in the facilitation of qualitative research methods, such as focus groups and interviews. After working in several country contexts and developing my skills in communications, projects and research, I began working for RES and since then, have further developed my monitoring and evaluation skill-set, especially with regards to human rights evaluation projects.
I hold a particular interest in the areas of qualitative research methods, intersectionality and gender-based appraoches to evaluation, meaningful engagement and participation, and communications in MEL.
I have a MA in Education, Gender, and International Development from University College London (Distinction) and chose to specialise in gender and disability intersections in education research and policy.