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.
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 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.