Kara Apland is a social researcher and policy analyst with over 10 years of experience working in applied research in international development, specialising in child protection. Over the course of her career, Kara has led and managed numerous research and evaluation consultancies for UNICEF and other UN agencies, government bodies and (I)NGOs on a range of topics in child protection and social policy. She has extensive experience designing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, leading evaluations, designing theories of change and monitoring frameworks, drafting analytical reports and developing recommendations for policy and programming. Kara has worked in over twenty countries, including Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Kara holds an MSc in Human Rights Law and Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Brown University. Kara is currently a part-time PhD candidate at Oxford University’s Centre for Socio-legal Studies, studying the influence of law on social norms, attitudes and practices relating to early marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka. She has completed post-graduate work in statistical analysis at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and undertaken coursework on social protection at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex. Before joining Coram International, Kara completed research fellowships from Brown University and Yale Law School, as well as a Fulbright scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kara has drafted and edited numerous analytical reports, policy papers, technical documents, presentations and articles in a range of formats and tailored to different audiences, including for presentation to the highest levels of government, UN personnel and development partners, and for wider publication. Her recent evaluation report, Formative Evaluation of the Be a Change Agent Project (B-Cap), was rated as one of UNICEF’s 13 best evaluation reports in 2018 and her Final evaluation of the Justice for Every Child Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina was rated as one of UNICEF’s 13 best evaluation reports in 2017. Kara has also co-authored several peer reviewed academic articles.