Meet Laura Stoops the new Impact & Evaluation Manager at Age NI
In September 2018 I took up the post of Impact & Evaluation Manager at Age NI. We are the leading charity for older people in Northern Ireland. Our vision is a world where everyone can love later life. Our mission is to help people enjoy a better later life.
The key aim of my role is to continue to develop and embed an impact measurement framework for Age NI, leading to an organisational culture of effective impact practice through the development of systems, processes and tools which support all team members to plan for, deliver and measure impact.
I applied for this role as I have always had a genuine interest in older people, their needs and on potential ways to improve their quality of life. It all stemmed from my PhD topic which focussed on ways to assess and monitor Parkinson’s Disease, using IT.
~’I applied for this role as I have always had a genuine interest in older people, their needs and on potential ways to improve their quality of life’
During the PhD, I spent a lot of time researching Parkinson’s and the needs of those with the condition. Aside from the enjoyment I got from carrying out the research, I absolutely loved interacting with older people with Parkinson’s. Following the PhD, I went on to support Parkinson’s UK before taking up the position of Project and Systems Officer at Mencap NI.
The role with Mencap initially focussed on a project designed to reduce isolation and loneliness among older people with a learning disability, through supporting them to engage in their local community. Throughout my 5 years at Mencap NI, my role evolved into one where I worked on improving data collection methods to better demonstrate our impact.
A key challenge of my current job for Age NI is ensuring that all stakeholders (staff, service users, family, carers and supporters) are part of the impact measurement process and that the methods used fit the service they are designed for. The aspect of impact and evaluation that I most enjoy is supporting the staff to appreciate and celebrate the value and impact of what they do.
To find out more please contact Laura Stoops