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Deborah Ghate

I’m a boundary-spanner who draws on core skills from evidence review, evaluation research and implementation science, using whole-systems thinking to zoom in and out on key issues. I’ll help crystallise your own expertise and increase your confidence to improve your service offer and your outcomes.






I am different from most academic consultants because I have lived at the sharp end of accountability for decision-making and spending for policy and practice.

I’m different from most management and general consultants because my base is in science and authoritative research evidence on what works in the social sector.

I’ve worked in partnership inside services in real communities for many years. I can talk meaningfully to front line staff and to beneficiaries and service users, as well as your most senior executives, Board members or external partners.


I have devoted my whole career to the science and art of effective service design and delivery.  

A seasoned researcher and evaluator of social initiatives large and small, my more recent work has focused on leveraging learning and evidence from the field of international implementation science for the benefit of services at the sharp end of community need.

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My career across the UK and in Ireland has included

Setting up and directing three well-respected research and implementation support centres

Acting as an advisor to large and small  philanthropies and their Boards

Advice and support to local authorities and national government departments

Hands-on help to a wide range of public and voluntary organisations to review and improve their functioning  

Supporting and facilitating knowledge and implementation networks

Evidence review

Measuring and evaluating outcomes

Implementation review and assessment

Research and writing for a wide range of audiences

Teaching, training and lecturing

Peer review

A forensic and insightful systems-thinker, and an experienced and sensitive communicator, from my base in East Sussex in the UK I am now working through Colebrooke Social Consulting to offer a unique blend of expertise to individuals, teams and organisations who share my focus on bringing rigour to the business of improving social outcomes.

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a different kind of consultancy to
support the social sector
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