Sonata Brokevičiūtė

At PPMI, Sonata’s work is focused on studies, evaluations and impact assessments in the areas of public health, research and innovation as well as performance management and governance. In the area of public health, she is currently managing a study supporting the Impact Assessment of the revision of the EU legislation on medicines for children and rare diseases contracted by DG SANTE. She has also recently completed a pilot study on Real-World Data which was one of the European Commission’s key initiatives facilitating the collection and translation of RWD into meaningful health outcomes. She was also a lead author of an External Evaluation of the Global AMR R&D Hub which aims to address challenges and improve coordination and collaboration in the global Antimicrobial Resistance R&D. In relation to research & innovation, Sonata coordinated a Horizon 2020 grant, Data4Impact, which employed big data techniques to assess R&I performance in the health domain. She was also involved in several studies related to open science. Previously, she 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.

Since joining PPMI in 2017, she has demonstrated expertise in applying quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods, conducting impact assessments and implementing large-scale consultation activities, including in-depth and semi-structured interviews, EU-wide survey programmes, online public consultations, content analysis with NVivo software, workshops and focus groups, in over ten EU-wide research projects. 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 and Africa. She is fluent in English and Lithuanian and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Key areas of expertise

  • Policy areas: public health, research & innovation, performance management and governance
  • Research methods: qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis, including online surveys, online public consultations, in-depth and semi-structured interviews, content analysis (NVivo), case studies, workshops, focus groups

Education

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

Selected Projects

  • Study supporting the Impact Assessment of the revision of the EU legislation on medicines for children and rare diseases (commissioned by the European Commission, DG SANTE, 2021 – ongoing)
  • ‘Off-the-shelf’ solutions for post-2020: A study complementing the ESF+ impact assessment (commissioned by the European Commission, DG EMPL, 2020 – ongoing)
  • 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, REA, 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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