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Richard joined the NFER in 1998 and much of the research he has conducted has focussed on evaluating programmes and initiatives designed to increase the participation and life chances of individuals and groups facing various forms of disadvantage, vulnerability and marginalisation. Over this time, a considerable body of research has been delivered in relation to alternative provision and identifying key ways of increasing the effectiveness of its role in supporting and engaging young people in education and learning to prepare them for effective future transitions. Alongside work in this substantive area, Richard has also delivered research and evaluation projects involving young people with SEN, young people who are looked after, young offenders and Gypsy, Roma and Traveller pupils.
Richard has established considerable expertise in qualitative data collection, analysis and report writing based on in-depth work with young people, their families and the key stakeholders and institutions working with them.