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About MBA

Set up in 2019 MBA aims to ensure that ambitious programmes are supported with ambitious evaluation and learning agendas, and informed by the latest developments and innovations in evaluation.


I draw on over 25 years worth of public policy / services research and evaluation experience. Over my career I have worked in range of applied settings (central and local government, think tanks and what works centres) as well as research settings (academia, research firms and as an independent  research and evaluation contractor).


I now work with a range of associates, companies and clients scoping, advising, designing and delivering evaluations in some of the most challenging circumstances.





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About Matt

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  • I'm an experienced evaluator with over a twenty-five years’ experience in the scoping commissioning and delivery of evaluation and research related to government and public sector policies, programmes and services.

  • I've 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.
  • I've got extensive knowledge and experience in a wide range of evaluation approaches and methods. I advise on evaluation in different contexts (innovation, pilots and trials, policy and programmes), impact evaluation methods (trials, QED and theory based and configurational approaches to measuring and understanding impact) and have a particulary interest in the design of developmental and 'complexity aware' evaluation approaches.

  • I'm experienced in a range of domestic (UK) policy and service environments – including health and health services improvement, social care, energy and climate change, ageing and communities, arts and health.

  • I have great social research skills. I gained a MSc in Advanced Social Research Methods and Statistics from City University over 20 years ago and have substantial experience in applying a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data collection, sampling techniques, data management and analytical methods and approaches.

  • I have highly developed consulting skills - I've worked extensively in applied policy and programme settings where asking the right questions in the right way to get to what's really needed. 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 an active member of the UK evaluation community, contributing to innovation and evolution of evaluation practice. I am currently a UK Evaluation Society Council Member, a member (and former Trustee/Director) of the Social Research Association and an Associate member of the Charities Evaluation Working Group. I am well connected to a network of senior evaluators and researchers in government, academic and private sectors.

  • I invest in ongoing learning and professional development - in across analytical and evaluative methods, policy domains and in the 'soft skills' of evaluation

  • I adhere to UKES and SRA good practice guidelines and ethical standards.



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