(UKES Past President)
Helen Simons is Professor of Evaluation and Education at the University of Southampton.
Helen Simons is Professor of Evaluation and Education at the University of Southampton, Honorary Professor at London Metropolitan University and an independent evaluation consultant, specialising in programme, policy and institutional self-evaluation. She is a past president of the UK Evaluation Society (UKES), an elected academician of the Academy of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Helen has conducted numerous external programme and policy evaluations funded by government and non-government agencies, and directed evaluation training and capacity building in the UK and 25 countries overseas and for the European Evaluation Society (EES), the American Evaluation Association (AEA) and the New Zealand Social Statistics Network (NZSSN). Consultant for UNICEF and UNESCO, she has also conducted evaluation training in South Asia and advised on the monitoring and evaluation of educational partnerships. She has written widely on the theory and practice of evaluation, case study, qualitative methodology and the ethics and politics of evaluation, and played a major role, nationally and internationally, in promoting research and evaluation ethics. She co-wrote the ethical guidelines for UKES and recently, on behalf of the society, produced a framework for evaluation capabilities.