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
Karen worked with ArtsMatrix over an 18 month period, evaluating the impact of our training and coaching programme for creative professionals. Her work benefitted us in three specific ways. First, it enabled us to secure new funding for the programme’s continuation from a range of government agencies. Second, it enabled us to improve the quality of services, providing a greater return on investment for our funders whilst also better meeting our clients’ needs. Finally, it supported ArtsMatrix’s own development as a learning organisation with non-profit status, six local offices and a £500K annual turnover.
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
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
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
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
At BECon 2011, Karen spoke about the creative and commercial rewards of collaborations between craftspeople and other 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