Over the past 12 years, I have been involved in nearly 20 research projects for various public, private and non-profit organisations. I have a particular interest in:
(2) Impact assessments;
(3) Organisational strategy.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss any new project in one of these areas.
1. Example of methodological support
In 2013-2014, I was part of a consortium including the London School of Economics, J-PAL Europe and the Alliance for Useful Evidence. We were contracted by the European Commission to support its annual ‘call for proposals for social policy experimentations’ (€10 million in research grants distributed each year). Our role was to provide information and methodological assistance to applicants and potential applicants, with a view to encourage the submission of high-quality proposals. The main deliverables of this project include: (i) the development of a methodological guide for experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations of social innovations, (ii) a series of training sessions for policy-makers across Europe, and (iii) the creation of the SPARK Network.
2. Example of impact assessment
In September 2015, we were contracted by the European Commission to carry out a review of the costs and benefits of six reforms aiming to improve the work-life balance of European families. These reforms concerned the introduction of (i) a paid parental leave, (ii) a carer’s leave, (iii) a paternity leave, (iv) breastfeeding breaks, (v) earmarked parental leaves fathers, and (vi) flexitime provisions for young parents. We reviewed and summarised 245 studies analysing the effect of these interventions on individual, family, employer and wider society outcomes. This report is currently informing the revision of the EU Parental Leave Directives.
3. Example of strategic advice
In September 2015, I was commissioned by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) to support the creation of their new Policy Assessment Unit. My role was to facilitate an internal discussion on the best way for the EESC to support and complement the evaluation work of the European Commission, in the framework of the Better Regulation initiative.
Full list of projects
To come shortly.