Louise joined the Alliance for Useful Evidence as Principal Research Advisor in January 2018. She leads the Alliance’s work on supporting the development of evidence centres.
In her first 18 months at Nesta, Louise led on developing evidence infrastructure and products for What Works for Children’s Social Care, which was incubated at Nesta until March 2020.
Louise has a background in promoting the use of evidence in policy and practice, having previously worked at the think tank Demos (2010 – 2013) and the NSPCC (2013 – 2018). At Demos Louise researched policy areas including health and wellbeing across the lifecourse, parenting, and children’s social care. At the NSPCC, Louise led work on a system redesign project with local authorities to improve mental health outcomes for looked after children. She also led the development and evaluation of new services for children involved with children’s social care. This included working alongside children’s practitioners to develop a practice toolkit for direct work with children.
Louise is passionate about the roles that research and evidence can play in improving people’s lives. She is a trained researcher in both qualitative and quantitative methods (specialising in qualitative research with vulnerable groups) and she completed an MSc in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London in 2018. Louise also has an MSc in Global Politics from the LSE and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Cambridge University.
- publicationJune 2020This report distils learning on how to establish an evidence centre successfully. It is aimed at anyone involved in setting up a new evidence centre.
- article3 June, 2020In the UK we have recently seen a range of new evidence centres being launched to combat pressing social issues. Centres launched since 2019 include the Youth Futures Foundation, the Youth Endowment Fund and the Centre...
- article11 April, 2019Practitioner toolkits have become the hallmark of the What Works Network. They allow frontline workers to compare the effectiveness of different practices and programmes. But what’s it like to create one of these resources? What challenges...