Karen is efficient, analytically rigorous and client-focused. She also has a keen understanding of business, policy and creative fields, and of how the three relate. Her work for ArtsMatrix produced an insightful blend of qualitative percipience and robust, quantitative data. I highly recommend her work as an evaluator.
Karen was engaged by the Devon Guild to deliver a marketing strategy for a consortium of arts organisations. She was able to respond swiftly and appropriately to the brief, showing an understanding of complex situations and excellent analytical skills. Karen also demonstrated excellent report writing skills and that she cares greatly about producing high quality work.
Erica Steer, Executive Director, Devon Guild of Craftsmen
Karen is a highly methodical and effective person. She is very experienced in serious research and has the knowledge and expertise to manage and commission projects. She is very reliable, organised and personable and I would highly recommend Karen for a research, education or consultancy related role.
Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council UK
Karen has recently been advising us on cultural research quantification strategies for CSI. She has proved extremely able in working with us to find the most effective research solutions for a given situation, and has been quick to familiarize herself with new contexts for her work. With Karen’s help, CSI has been able to develop the capacity it needs to take on major research projects for the benefit of the cultural sector in New York City.
Paul Nagle, Director, Cultural Strategies Initiative, NYC
Dr Yair has worked alongside us in a number of academic roles associated with the Making Futures conferences: as elected Chair to one of the academic sessions in 2009, and as both Peer Review Committee member and keynote speaker in 2011. Throughout, she has consistently demonstrated her knowledge, critical skills and overall ability to lead and support colleagues working in this demanding academic environment.
Malcolm Ferris, Research and Academic Director, Making Futures
I have been highly impressed by the way in which Karen has developed the Crafts Council’s research agenda. In particular, Karen has brought a much more strategic approach and has done a great deal to improve the Craft’s Council’s dissemination and communication of research, and wider sharing of knowledge. The Crafts Council has developed a much stronger profile for research thanks to Karen’s efforts.
Catherine Bunting, Director of Research & Knowledge, Arts Council England
At the BECon 2011 conference, Karen spoke about the creative and commercial rewards of collaborations between creative professionals. Her presentation was organized, concise, and eye-opening.
Karen is clearly articulate and knowledgeable, and is able to make information accessible. Her talk could easily form the basis of a much more in-depth and longer term presentation.
Paul Housberg, Glass Project Inc. Rhode Island
I have worked with Karen on several occasions over the last few years and have always been impressed by her combination of professionalism, excellent research and analytical skills, and her ability to translate complex data and evidence into accessible strategic intelligence.
Tom Fleming, Director, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy