Paul leads evaluation at The Strategy Unit. He has 22 years’ experience of applied research; specialising in mixed-method, complex programme evaluation. He spent the first 11 years of his career as a research and senior research fellow in universities, and more than ten years in private sector consultancy before joining the Unit in 2019. He is an expert in programme theory and logic model approaches; and in working with marginalised groups. He has a particular interest in rapid evaluation to support innovation.
His recent project experience includes leading: evaluations of COVID-19 innovations in Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP and Black Country and West Birmingham STP; the national evaluation of the Rapid Diagnostic Centre cancer programme (2020-2024, with Ipsos MORI); evaluation of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire primary care Digital Accelerator programme (2020-2021); evaluation of the Pharmacy Integration Fund Blood Pressure Pilot (2020-2021); and the Strategy Unit’s partnership for the NHSX Accelerated Access Collaborative Artificial Intelligence Evaluation Framework. He is a member of the team delivering the Primary Care Testbeds programme for NHSE&I.
Paul is the evaluation lead for the NHS Midlands Decision Support Centre and the Decision Support Unit network and he was the lead author of the DSC Guide to Evaluation Design, Principles and Practice.
His writing has been published in peer-reviewed journals including Evaluation and The International Journal of Research Methods, as well as featuring in edited collections from Sage and Elsevier.