Directory of SRA members - Research services
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NatCen Social Research – Senior Researcher (Evaluation; Energy and Environment)
September 2013 – Present
- As part of the Evaluation team I develop research designs for impact evaluations, including randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-experimental designs such as difference-in-differences and regression discontinuity designs. I also carry out relevant data analysis.
- In the Energy and Environment team I work on a number of energy related projects, including the evaluation of the Renewable Heat Incentive for DECC.
NSPCC – Senior evaluation officer
July 2011 – September 2013
- I led the evaluation of two NSPCC services, including project planning, data collection and data analysis, stakeholder engagement, report writing, and dissemination.
- One evaluation was of a joint NSPCC — local authority trial project covering nine Children’s Services departments. The evaluation combined an experimental (RCT) impact assessment and a process evaluation.
- The other evaluation used a process and quasi-experimental approach to evaluate a service for children being sexually exploited.
Freelance research consultant
April 2011 – December 2012
- As freelance researcher I worked on a number of public health and sustainability studies, including on obesity; problem gambling; cities’ role in sustainable investment; and global markets for sustainable products.
- The projects varied in size from lasting a few days to one year; and used both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.
Sustainable Development Commission – Policy Analyst (Local Government)
July 2009 – April 2010
- On secondment from the Audit Commission, I helped develop the local government work programme for the Commission. This involved working with central government departments, regulators and other agencies.
Audit Commission – Researcher
January 2008 – April 2011
- I worked on the Audit Commission’s National Studies programme, which provided value-for-money analysis to councils and helped disseminate best practices. I worked on three projects:
- + How to evaluate risks to sustainable development in local areas within the new Comprehensive Area Assessment.
- + Value for money in council actions to reduce CO2 emissions from domestic households.
- + Council medium term financial planning.
Responsibility in Gambling Trust – Research Officer
September 2005 – December 2007
- I led the research part of the organisation’s responsibilities.
- Mainly, this was about developing and managing the (UK’s only) national research programme on problem gambling.
- This involved setting up research funding programmes and commissioning research as required, including a joint £1m research programme with the ESRC.
I have been working in the voluntary sector for over a decade, starting at the Charities Aid Foundation where I was Head of Research until 2011. I founded Vantage Point Research in January 2012, and specialise in social research for charitable organisations as well as market research for SMEs. Recent and current clients include Wiltshire Air Ambulance, The ME Association, Nesta and Relief International UK. In addition, I have also been an Honorary Research Fellow for the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent since 2012, and am working on a five-year longitudinal evaluation for the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Centre.
Peter Lynn is Professor of Survey Methodology at the University of Essex since 2001. He was previously Director of the Survey Methods Centre at Natcen, where he had worked since 1987. He was a founding board member of the European Survey Research Association and founding Editor of the online journal, Survey Research Methods. In 2009 he was elected Vice-President of the International Association of Survey Statisticians. He has also served as Editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A) and is currently Associate Editor of Survey Methodology. Peter has published widely on all aspects of survey design and data collection methods and is editor of the 2009 Wiley book, “Methodology of Longitudinal Surveys” and co-editor of the 2014 Routledge book, “Improving Survey Methods”. In 2003 he was awarded the Royal Statistical Society’s Guy Medal in Bronze for services to survey methods.
Liz Mackie is an experienced researcher with particular expertise in evaluating equalities and social inclusion initiatives. She has led evaluations of over 100 such projects or programmes in the last 10 years including projects at local, national and transnational level in the fields of employment support, enterprise development, health and mental health, community development, migrant integration, youth leadership, legal advice and criminal justice. Liz has advanced level skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods and is currently completing doctoral research in social statistics at City University. Liz carries out both process and impact evaluations. She uses mixed methods approaches and has conducted evaluations using difference in difference and randomised control trial methodologies.
Liz is a director of Shared Enterprise CIC, a community interest company which was established in 2014 to tackle social and economic inequalities through identifying and promoting good practice and effective approaches. Liz was formerly director of Research & Consultancy at Greater London Enterprise.
Some examples of recent evaluations carried out by Liz include:
Evaluation of the Rayne Fellowships programme. This five year programme was funded by The Rayne Foundation and delivered by Praxis Community Projects with the aim of building bridges between refugee communities and mainstream society by creating Fellowships for 20 people who arrived in the UK as refugees.
Evaluation of the Mosaic projects in England and Wales. A series of initiatives led by the Campaign for National Parks in partnership with the Youth Hostels Association and the National Park Authorities with the aim of increasing engagement of ethnic minority communities in urban areas with the National Parks in England and Wales.
Evaluation of the Hackney Carers project. A three year project to encourage Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender carers in Hackney to develop peer support networks and to raise awareness within public service agencies of the needs of LGBT carers.