Fay Sadro

Contact detailsFay Sadro

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5701
  • Email: fs190@leicester.ac.uk
  • Twitter: @FaySadro
  • Office: Room 2.02, 2nd floor, 152 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Personal details

I am the Research and Evaluation Manager at the Centre for Hate Studies, based in the Department of Criminology. I have extensive experience of designing and managing complex research and evaluation projects for private, public and voluntary sector organisations. These projects have supported changes in local commissioning and practice as well as changes to national policy. My research has focused on areas such as hate, extremism, anti-terrorism, offender learning and rehabilitation; and victim support.

With particular expertise in qualitative methods and evaluation, I have applied quasi-experimental designs to a number of small- and large-scale interventions focused on hate and extremism. I have developed impact measurement frameworks designed to assess attitudinal and behavioural change in relation to hostility, prejudice and extremism.

In my previous role in Ipsos MORI’s Social Research Institute, leading on crime and justice, I have run a number of research and evaluation projects for commissioners such as the Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Big Lottery. I also bring experience from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), the Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and NatCen Social Research.

I have a BSocSc(Hons) Sociology from the University of Manchester and an MSc Social Policy and Social Research from the University of Southampton.

Notable projects

Derbyshire Hate Crime Community Advocate: Test and Learn evaluation, Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner

Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy and I were commissioned by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner to design an innovative ‘test and learn’ pilot project to support victims of hate crime in the county. The process and impact evaluation seeks to understand the impact of the theory-based model of support. This will inform future funding of support services and contribute to our understanding of ‘what works’ when supporting victims of hate crime. Findings are due to be published in summer 2019.

Hate Crime Community Projects Fund, Counter Extremism Unit, Home Office

In my role at Ipsos MORI, I led a team of evaluators focused on determining an approach to evaluate small-scale interventions run by third and voluntary sector organisations that target causes of hate crime, perpetration and victim harms. As part of the project, we developed project typologies and programme-level logic models to support an improved understanding of outcomes associated with interventions tackling hate crime.

Building a Stronger Britain Together (BSBT) Evaluation, Counter Extremism Unit, Home Office

The BSBT programme supports civil society and community organisations who work to create more resilient communities and stand up to extremism in all its forms. The initiative has funded over 100 community led projects since 2016. From 2017-2018, I led the design and delivery of individual project evaluations, set against a shared measurement framework, to effectively evaluate interventions designed to counter extremism.

Evaluation of Prisoner Learning: Initial impacts and delivery, Ministry of Justice

In my role at Ipsos MORI, and in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, I conducted a large-scale process, impact and economic evaluation of prisoner learning in England and Wales for the Ministry of Justice in 2015/16. We were responsible for providing a robust perspective on the economic and social impacts of prisoner learning and concurrent policies to support post-release transitions back into the labour market. This was supported by a qualitative, case study-based process evaluation to assess the effectiveness of learning delivered in an establishment setting.

Indecent Images of Children Offender Management pilot design work, Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office

The project developed a suite of design options to effectively assess the process, impact and cost effectiveness of the pilot intervention. Following an extensive scoping phase including a literature review and stakeholder consultations with a range of Police, Probation and Home Office policy staff, I led the design of the process evaluation and the data collection points related to measuring the impact of the intervention.

Research Interests

  • Impact measurement and quasi-experimental forms of evaluation
  • Hate crime victimisation and perpetration impact evaluation
  • Evaluation of victim support responses
  • Evaluation of offender rehabilitation programmes
  • Hate crime victimisation
  • Extremism and counter-terrorism policy and practice


Johnson, C. Sadro, F. Keeble, J. Greevy, H. Conlon, G. Lane, M. Kinsella, R. (2018) Evaluation of prisoner learning: Initial impacts and delivery, London: UK Ministry of Justice https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/708156/evaluation-of-prisoner-learning-initial-impacts-report.pdf

Sadro, F. Beaver, K. Crick, C. Stobart, R. (2018) Liverpool Waves of Hope Evaluation: Year 3 evaluation report, London: UK Plus Dane Housing and Big Lottery https://liverpoolwavesofhope.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Y3-Evaluation-Main-Report.pdf

Sadro, F. Beaver, K. Crick, C. Stobart, R. (2017) Liverpool Waves of Hope Evaluation: Year 2 evaluation report, London: UK Plus Dane Housing and Big Lottery https://liverpoolwavesofhope.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LWoH-Year-2-Local-Evaluation-Report-May-2017.pdf

Sadro, F. Beaver, K. Crick, C. Stobart, R. (2016) Liverpool Waves of Hope Evaluation: Year 1 evaluation report, London: UK Plus Dane Housing and Big Lottery https://liverpoolwavesofhope.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LWoH-year-1-report_collated-report_PUBLIC_FINAL_180516.pdf

Morrell, G. Clery L., Morris, S. Finnegan, J., Brown, A., Kotecha, H., Sadro F., Lee, L., Kunz, S., Beninger, K., King, E., Jackson, L., Roberts, L., Lumley, T., Pritchard, D., Surgay, G. and Bell, M. (2013) Evaluation of National Citizen Service: Findings from the evaluations of the 2012 summer and autumn NCS programmes, London: UK Cabinet Office, Office for Civil Society http://natcen.ac.uk/media/205475/ncs_evaluation_report_2012_combined.pdf

Sadro, F. and Skipp, A. (2013) Access to Grammar Schools for Disadvantaged Young People, London: UK The Sutton Trust http://www.natcen.ac.uk/media/205531/natcengrammars.pdf

Barnes, M. Morrell, G. Brown, A. Rahim, N. Sadro, F. (2012) Multi-Dimensional Poverty A research methodology to create poverty typologies, London: UK Demos and Esmee Fairburn Foundation http://www.natcen.ac.uk/media/24779/multi-dimensional-poverty.pdf

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