Sonata Brokevičiūtė

At PPMI, Sonata’s work is focused on the areas of research and innovation as well as performance management of organisations. She is currently coordinating a pilot study on Real World Data which is one of the European Commission’s key initiatives aiming to improve EU-level guidance intended to facilitate the collection and translation of RWD into meaningful health outcomes. In addition, she is serving as a lead author of an External Evaluation to monitor progress towards the objectives of the Global AMR R&D Hub aiming to address challenges and improve coordination and collaboration in global Antimicrobial Resistance R&D.

Previously, she coordinated Data4Impact (H2020 grant), a project which developed a novel set of indicators in order to track research and innovation activities and their impact on science, economy and society. She was also involved as a lead researcher in the study on inclusiveness and adequacy of student support in higher education under the next Erasmus programme. Sonata also significantly contributed to three large scale evaluation projects commissioned by the EU institutions, including two studies supporting the evaluations of REA and ERCEA under FWC GROW, and the evaluation of CHAFEA under FWC SANTE. In addition, she was involved in several projects related to open science, including a H2020 OpenUP project, which analyses new methods, indicators and tools for peer review, impact measurement and dissemination of research results, and the study on open access to publications and research data management and sharing within ERC projects.

Prior to joining PPMI in 2017, Sonata has worked for A New American Economy, where she analysed federal, state and local legislation and political climates, launched a bi-partisan Congressional engagement strategy, and developed an advocacy campaign for a high-skilled immigration reform in the US.  Sonata has an educational background in political science and international political economy gained during BA studies in International Studies at Fordham University and field work in the North America, Europe & Africa. She is fluent in English and Lithuanian, and has a working knowledge of Spanish and French

 

Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: research and innovation, health, performance management
  • Research methods: structured and semi-structured interviews, survey design, statistical analysis, case studies, focus groups, desk research

 

Education

  • BA in International Studies, Honours, Fordham University Lincoln Centre in New York, USA, 2017
  • Study Abroad Program (Democratic Innovations & European Security), Fordham University London Centre & University of Westminster in London, UK, 2016

 

Selected Projects

  • Study on the use of real-world data (RWD) for research, clinical care, regulatory decision-making, health technology assessment, and policy making (commissioned by the European Commission, DG RTD, 2019 – ongoing)
  • External Evaluation to monitor progress towards the objectives of the Global AMR R&D Hub (commissioned by the German Centre for Infection Research (DZIF), 2019 – ongoing)
  • Study on inclusiveness and adequacy of student support in higher education under the next Erasmus programme (commissioned by the European Commission, DG RTD, 2019 – 2020)
  • Big data approaches for improved monitoring of research and innovation performance and assessment of the societal impact in the Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing Societal Challenge (commissioned by the European Commission, DG RTD, 2017 – 2019)
  • Study Supporting the Evaluation of the Research Executive Agency (REA) 2015 – 2018 (commissioned by the European Commission, DG RTD, 2018 – 2019)
  • Study Supporting the Evaluation of the European Research Council Executive Agency (ERCEA) 2015 – 2018 (commissioned by the European Commission, DG RTD, 2018 – 2019)
  • Study supporting the evaluation of the operation of Consumer, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency (CHAFEA) 2014-2016 (commissioned by DG SANTE, 2017 – 2018)
  • Study on open access to publications and research data management and sharing within ERC projects (commissioned by ERCEA, 2017 – 2019)
  • OPENing UP new methods, indicators and tools for peer review, impact measurement and dissemination of research results – OpenUP – Horizon 2020 project (commissioned by DG RTD, 2016 – 2018)
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