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About MBA

Set up in 2019 MBA builds robust and actionable programmes of evaluation and learning to meet policy makers and other delivery agencies needs.

I draw on around 28 years of experience in public policy / services research and evaluation.  I have lived experience of working in central government departments, local authorities,  policy think tanks, and  what works centres so I understand the opportunities and constraints of working in these settings, as well their values and ways of working. I also have extensive fieldwork experience from my work in academia, research firms and as an independent research consultant and my experience spans a variety of actors - businesses, service users, the public, consumers, and volunteers. I have expert skills in engaging these groups through focus groups, surveys and interviews.

I now work with a range of associates and consultancies, as well as working independently to  scope, advise, design, manage and / or deliver evaluations in some of the most challenging circumstances.





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About Matt

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  • I am an experienced evaluator with twenty-eight years’ experience in the scoping commissioning and delivery of evaluation and research related to government and public sector policies, programmes and services. I am trusted advisor to clients - providing invaluable advice on methodological and practical issues in evaluation and ensuring utilisation supports learning and accountability. 

  • I have held senior research and evaluation roles at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (now BEIS), the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, the Centre for Ageing Better and Kings College London, providing methodological leadership and capacity building as well as organisational M&E systems and commissioning and managing evaluations.
  • I have extensive knowledge and practical experience in a wide range of evaluation approaches and methods. I have applied these methods in numerous evaluations. I now advise on evaluation in different contexts including innovation settings, pilots and trials, through to organisational evaluation and programme / large scale and long term transitions evaluations. I have an excellent knowledge of impact evaluation approaches (including trials, QEDs, theory based and configurational approaches to measuring and understanding causal processes and policy impacts).

  • I have experience across a wide range of policy and service areas – including health and health services, social care, energy and climate change, ageing and communities, youth crime, arts and health, nature and the agricultural transition, housing and supported housing, economic policy and regeneration.

  • I have exceptional social research skills, which I have kept up to date since completing a Masters in Advanced Social Research Methods and Statistics over 23 years ago (City University, 2000). My skills and experience include qualitative and quantitative methods, sampling, data management and analysis.

  • I have highly developed consulting skills - I enjoy working with clients to ensure evaluative thinking helps them at the programme / policy design stage as well as learning throughout delivery. I am adept at building and maintaining strong relationships with clients and wider stakeholder groups. 

  • I am an active member of the UK and European evaluation community. I am a member of the Council for the UK Evaluation Society, and a member of the European Evaluation Society. I was formerly a Trustee of the Social Research Association.

  • I work with a range of consultancies and individual evaluation associates

  • I invest in ongoing learning and professional development - through attending evaluation conferences, events and training. 

  • I adhere to UKES and SRA good practice guidelines and ethical standards, and comply with GDPR.


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