Paul leads The Strategy Unit’s evaluation offer. He has 21 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, including three years with the national evaluation of Health Action Zone team (2000-2003). 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.
Paul has a wealth of experience as Project Director of large-scale contracts across the health and care landscape for NHS, public health, patient charity and European clients across diverse topics including: new approaches for long term conditions; support and treatment pathways for people with eating disorders; personalised care for people with learning disabilities and or autism; reducing long length of stay; reducing sugar consumption across the EU; and system approaches to childhood obesity. His wider experience includes evaluations of, and research for, major transformation programmes for homelessness, child poverty, and children’s social care – and delivering for clients across government including the National Audit Office; the Home Office; Department for Education; Department of Work and Pensions; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; the Local Government Association; and the Youth Justice Board.
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.