Jonathan Coburn

Jonathan Coburn

Title: Founder and Director
Tel: 07786 735 395


Jonathan is founder and director of Social Value Lab. He established the Lab to foster new ways of thinking and working within our public services and in building social ventures.

He brings almost 20 years’ experience in social research, strategic planning, and evaluation. Prior to founding the Lab, he held the position of Director responsible for social research and community consulting at a national research agency. In previous positions in the voluntary sector and public sector, he developed a track record of delivering community regeneration, capacity building, social enterprise support, and action research programmes in some of the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

Driven and creative, he leads on most of our research, design, strategy, innovation, and evaluation work. He also leads on our new ventures and programmes: Partners for Change; Social Innovation Scotland; Research4Change, and more.


  • Qualitative research
  • participatory consultation
  • social enterprise strategy
  • service review and redesign
  • outcomes focused planning
  • project and programme evaluation
  • social impact measurement.

Professional Networks

Social Research Association Scotland Committee

Scottish Evaluation Network Committee

Social Audit Network Member

Registered SROI Network Practitioner

Scottish Government Third Sector Research Forum

UK Evaluation Society Member


  • PG Dip Social Research
  • MSc Local Economic Development
  • MSc Urban Development
  • BSSc Social Sciences

Passionate about

  • Sharing ideas
  • Working in communities
  • Using evidence
  • Designing things
  • Communicating impact
  • The next social venture

Bored by

  • Everyday details
  • The ‘meetings’ culture
  • Organisational bureaucracy
  • The same old rhetoric