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Evaluation and Research Consulting 


Scoping, designing and supporting the delivery of robust, actionable research and evaluation on some of the UK's biggest transitions.



I specialise in policy and programme evaluation. I design and deliver evaluations that help clients determine   whether programmes and policies are working, for whom, and how.

Major transitions such as those required to mitigate climate change, reverse  biodiversity loss, or prepare for an ageing population require major changes in the economy, technological advances, and ambitious goverment and private sector investment. They will also require huge changes in the way we live and work.


Learning about what works (and how)  in these transformations, as well as what does not work (and why) will be crucial. We need to generate robust evidence to support change as well as providing accountability for public expenditure.



I work with policy teams, evaluation commissioners, and research / evaluation teams to design and deliver purposeful, robust and actionable evaluations.

This involves:

  • Developing a deep understanding of challenges and identifying opportunities for intervention

  • Bringing evaluative thinking into policy and programme design; ex ante evaluation

  • Early scoping / design of evaluations - as early as possible in policy / programme design

  • Design and delivery of formative, developmental, process and impact evaluations. 

Projects - Winter 2022


Supporting design and management of Youth Endowment Funds Evaluation of Ministry of Justice's Turnaround Programme

Evaluation of Defra's Farming in Protected Landscapes. Working with ICF Consulting

Evaluation of the Governments Preventing and Tackling Mental Ill Health through Green Social Prescribing Project. Working with with Sheffield Hallam University, University of Sheffield, University of Exeter.

Evaluation of the BEIS 'Modern Energy Partners' programme. Working with Technopolis and Carbon Trust

Evaluation of BEIS' Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (Demonstrator) and Whole House Retrofit  Programmes. Working with Technopolis, Ipsos Mori and the Energy Saving Trust.

Technical Third Party Support (TTPS) for BEIS Net-Zero Innovation Portfolio. Working with Technopolis, Ipsos Mori, UCL Consultants


"Matt worked brought a thoughtful, analytical approach, taking time to understand the nuances of the programmes range of expected outcomes and delivery mechanisms in detail. Matt has a good understanding of theory-based evaluation methods and used this to good effect in providing recommendations on evaluation design, which were accepted by the client."

Fraser Macleod, Technopolis Limited

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