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Jack is an experienced statistician and economist with particular expertise in policy evaluation and value for money analysis. He combines excellent technical skills with the ability to identify the important research questions, draw out key insights from the data, and present these in accessible ways to a range of audiences. His research experience has covered a range of policy areas, including academy schools and the teacher labour market.
As part of the NFER Education Trials Unit, Jack has managed a number of randomised controlled trials, developing protocols, conducting impact analysis and presenting findings. He managed the evaluation of the University of Oxford Improving Numeracy and Literacyprogramme, a large cluster-randomised trial in primary schools. He also has experience of using large datasets such as the National Pupil Databases of England and Wales, and a deep understanding of quasi-experimental evaluation techniques such as natural experiments and propensity score matching.
Jack has a Masters in Economics and leads NFER’s economic evaluation research area, undertaking assessments of the costs and benefits associated with a range of education policies and initiatives. He has advised the Education Endowment Foundation on its approach to measuring cost effectiveness and has co-written an introduction to cost-benefit analysis in a social or educational context.