The role of the Evaluation Steering Group is to comment and advise on the overall research methodology and review any outputs. It also has a role in providing steer on national and local factors that might impact on the evaluation and to act as advocates and supporters of lessons learnt.
The individual steering group members are:
Professor Mike Brewer
Mike Brewer is Professor of Economics at the University of Essex, where he is based at the Institute for Social and Economic Research. He is currently Director of the ESRC-funded Research Centre for Micro-Social Change at the University of Essex, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He was previously Director of the “Programme Evaluation for Policy Analysis” Node of the ESRC’s National Centre for Research Methods.Mike’s research interests include: the design of the personal tax and social security system, and the way it affects incomes and behaviour; the factors influencing labour market behaviour of mothers; understanding past trends and forecasting future changes in inequality and poverty and methods for estimating causal impacts.He studied Economics at the Universities of Cambridge and Bristol and worked for three years at HM Treasury before embarking on an academic career, working first at the Institute for Fiscal Studies for ten years, before moving to the University of Essex.
Peter has worked extensively in the youth sector, including with Government, local authority and charity organisations. Over 20 years, working with The Prince’s Trust, he designed new programmes, managed volunteer networks and was lead on strategic partnerships. In 2005, he commissioned a report on Making Partnerships Work with HM Treasury which has since provided guidance for effective partnerships in the third sector. More recently, in 2012, Peter managed the introduction of the new Youth Contract ‘payment by results’ programme for The Prince’s Trust.In 2011 Peter chaired a co-location project to encourage charities to have a presence in job centres to increase volunteering opportunities and he was an adviser to the Social Exclusion Unit. He has also been instrumental in securing funding for new volunteer leadership programmes in the sector, including the creation of Youth United. Peter worked in local government in West Yorkshire for 14 years, including in Education Welfare, child protection, youth work and regeneration.Peter lives in Halifax and is currently UK Director for the new international charity, Chance for Change which utilises wilderness journeys to help people break a dependence on long term support from hostels, care or prison. He also provides freelance advice on funding opportunities and supporting the start-up of new charities.
Dr. Erica Bowen
Dr Erica Bowen is Reader in the Centre for Research in Applied Psychology, Coventry University. Most of Dr Bowen’s research has involved the evaluation and/or development and evaluation of interventions to prevent intimate partner violence. For example she has conducted evaluations of probation-based domestic violence perpetrator programmes; developed and evaluated a serious-game intervention for dating violence and is currently working with Compass-UK to evaluate early intervention and integrated services for young people. Dr Bowen is also a council member of the UK Evaluation Society.
Professor Jane Fountain
Professor Fountain has been working in the illicit drugs research field since 1988. She was awarded a PhD in 1992 and from 1993-2001, she was a Health Service Researcher in the Addictions at the National Addiction Centre at King’s College London, Institute of Psychiatry. From 2001-2010, she continued in this role at the Centre for Ethnicity and Health and the International School for Communities, Rights and Inclusion at the University Central Lancashire. Jane’s research and evaluation work uses mainly qualitative methods, which have been most often used to research drug use, drug treatment, and other drug-related issues, particularly among so-called ‘hidden’ or ‘hard-to-reach’ populations and those vulnerable to problematic drug use.Most recently, Jane’s work has focussed on addressing drug- and mental health-related issues among a wide variety of black and minority ethnic communities in the UK and internationally, with an emphasis on barriers to service access and the risk factors for problematic drug use and poor mental health that are associated with social exclusion. This work particularly promotes effective engagement with the communities being researched.
Peter has worked in the field of homelessness for over 20 years. Since 2004 he has been an Operational Director of St Mungo’s and is currently the Director of Health & Recovery. Peter is a founding Director and acting Managing Director of Homeless Healthcare CIC, and a small private company, Intapsych. He is a UKCP-registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist, with over 10 years post-qualification experience in NHS and private practice, much of it with homeless people and people with histories of complex trauma. He is a published author predominately on mental health, complex trauma and homelessness.Peter is a member of Nafsiyat Intercultural Therapy Centre, the College of Medicine’s Faculty of Homeless Healthcare and Inclusion Health, the Metanoia Institute, the Council of Jungian and Psychoanalytic Analysis, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He has a BSc in Anthropology, an MSc in Intercultural Therapy, a PgC in Leadership in Health & Wellbeing, and is in the process of completing a doctorate in psychotherapy.
Helen is Head of Policy at Homeless Link, the national membership organisation for agencies working with homeless people, where she oversees their policy and research programmes.Helen has extensive experience of working in the voluntary sector with socially excluded groups in both a frontline and policy capacity, including in homelessness services, community development and adult learning. At Homeless Link, Helen oversees their national and local influencing work, advising government across a range of policy areas, including health, criminal justice, welfare and housing. She is also involved in a number of national and local research projects evaluating and evidencing different aspects of homelessness and social inclusion. She has been a member of the DH Inclusion Health advisory groups and regularly represents Homeless Link on Home Office and DWP committees. In 2013 Helen was seconded to the Health Inequalities Unit at DH to review health commissioning and access to primary care for excluded groups.
Glyn Halksworth is currently the commissioning and strategy lead for drugs and alcohol at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, a post he has held for the last 7 years. Prior to this time Glyn has worked in several practitioner, management and commissioning roles in the drugs and alcohol field in London and East Anglia, as well as working in the supported housing sector and with collective advocacy in London and Scotland. In his work with carers Glyn was chair of the Scottish Young Carers Services Alliance for two years as well as sitting in this role as part of the national executive of Scottish carers services; both roles involved significant joint work with the Scottish Executive to support the development and implementation of their national carers’ strategies. He holds an MSc in Public Service Commissioning, as well as postgraduate qualifications in management and addictions. Glyn is currently undertaking a MRes, en route to a PhD in which his research will work with people in ‘recovery’ from drugs problems to explore community organising approaches to the development of recovery communities. Glyn is an Associate of Plymouth University’s Drug and Alcohol Research Unit.