What I do
Pippa Coutts leads the Evidence Exchange programme, which seeks to increase the demand for the sharing of social policy evidence across the four UK jurisdictions. Pippa is the Lead for Evidence Exchange in Scotland, advocating the use of evidence in policy and practice. The Evidence Exchange programme is part of The Alliance for Useful Evidence.
Pippa has been involved in health and social care policy and service development in Scotland for over decade: championing mental health improvement; the inclusion of people with long-term conditions and disabilities; and promoting joint working, all in a bid to improve wellbeing. She is a development consultant with the Scottish Union of Supported Employment (SUSE) striving to overcome barriers to disabled people’s employment and contributing to the development of self-directed support in Scotland.
Previously, Pippa was an international development consultant, cofounding the successful Food Economy Group - using an innovative, capabilities-based livelihoods approach as a basis for aid decision-making. Pippa was a Programme Manager with Save the Children and a Food Security and Livelihoods Consultant with DFID.
Pippa holds an MA (Cantab) Sociology and Politics and a MA in Health Service Management (NHS Management Training Scheme). Pippa is Chair of Scotland’s independent regeneration network: SURF.