Aleks Collingwood

Analysis Manager, Evidence and Impact, Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Amy O’Donnell

Aleks works in the Evidence and Impact Team at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. When she started working for JRF in 2011, all analysis was commissioned out externally and there was no data library. Over 7 years, JRF has become the place to get the facts about poverty and they have built their own analytic team. This year they will be publishing their annual UK Poverty 2018 report with, for the first time, all analysis and writing being done in-house.

Aleks’s undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Statistics lead to a career in quantitative social research. Starting off working for universities in the UK, she looked at diet and cardiovascular disease, cancer survival rates and birth outcomes of refugees. Aleks then went to Vanuatu and set up a research office for a Community Educational Theatre Group, designing and implementing surveys on diverse topics from family planning methods to turtle conservation. Following this she worked for the Vanuatu Government Statistics Office co-running the first National Population and Housing Census the country had ever done in-house, with no support from overseas aid donors. The last 15 years have been spent back in the UK as a child health analyst and author of Social Trends at ONS, during which she studied for an MSc in Demography and Health at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Aleks then joined the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) mainly focusing on the characteristics of bullying victims and the wellbeing of children before she joined JRF.