Current projects

Evaluation of Defra's Sustainable Farming Incentive pilot

The Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme is one of 3 schemes being developed to encourage environmental land management. The other schemes are Local Nature Recovery and Landscape Recovery. The Sustainable Farming Incentive scheme will reward farmers for managing their land in an environmentally sustainable way. The pilot is in its early stages - over 2,000 farmers submitted expressions of interest earlier in 2021 and were invited to apply to take part. The full scheme will launch in 2022, initially for farmers in England who currently get payments under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS). I'm working with ICF Consulting, Fera and the University of Exeter to design and deliver the evaluation.

Evaluation of Defra's Farming in Protected Landscapes.

The Farming in Protected Landscapes programme is a part of Defra’s Agricultural Transition Plan. It will offer funding to farmers and land managers in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), National Parks and the Broads. The programme will fund projects that support nature recovery, mitigate the impacts of climate change, provide opportunities for people to discover, enjoy and understand the landscape and its cultural heritage and support nature-friendly, sustainable farm businesses. I'm working with ICF Consulting, LUC (Land Use Consultants) and CCRI (Countryside and Community Research Institute) to evaluate this programme which will run unitl 2024.

Preventing and Tackling Mental Ill Health through Green Social Prescribing Project Evaluation (DHSC, NHS, Defra,Office for Health Improvement and Disparities )

This project is testing how to increase use and connectivity to green social prescribing services in England in order to improve mental health outcomes, reduce health inequalities and reduce demand on the health and social care system. It will also test the role of government in making local systems more resilient and accessible. I'm working with Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield, University of Exeter on this evaluation during 2021-2023.

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Evaluation of BEIS' Modern Energy Partners

MEP is a public sector energy innovation programme in collaboration with Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) set up to accelerate deployment of integrated energy efficiency solutions on large public estate sites. It is part of the BEIS’ Energy Innovation Programme (EIP) which aims to support the public sector and the supply chain in the realisation of the Clean Growth Strategy objectives to meet carbon emission reductions targets. I'm working with Technopolis Ltd and Carbon Trust to evaluate this programme during 2021-22.

​Evaluation of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Demonstrator (SHDF(D)) and Whole House Retrofit (WHR) Programmes (BEIS)

I am working with Technopolis and Ipsos Mori and the Energy Saving Trust as part of the evaluation team for these key BEIS programmes seeking to accellerate national capabilities for cost effective whole house retrofit, whilst promoting economic recovery. The evaluations run from 2021 - 2022.

Technical Third Party Support (TTPS) for BEIS Net-Zero Innovation Portfolio.

The Net Zero Innovation Portfolio provides funding for low-carbon technologies and systems. The NZIP aims to decrease the costs of decarbonisation, enabling the UK to end its contribution to climate change. I'm working with Technopolis, Ipsos Mori, UCL Consultants to scope evaluations across the portfolio during 2021-2024

Evaluation of The Health Foundations Inclusion Panel

The Health Foundation has committed to developing an organisational approach to mainstreaming and embedding diversity and inclusion (D&I) across the organisation. As part of this commitment, the research team at the Foundation established an Inclusion Panel. The Inclusion Panel  advises on the Health Foundations research, with the aim of enhancing its ability to improve health for all – especially those most marginalised. I'm working with Community Bridges on this evaluation during 2021.