Institute of Education


IOE academic appointed to government panel

20 February 2020

Dr Jake Anders has been appointed to the What Works Trial Advice Panel (TAP) to improve the quality and quantity of impact evaluation across central government.

Jake Anders Associate Professor

Comprising around 50 experts from outside government and the Civil Service, the Panel provides free advice to policy teams and analysts considering the design of an impact evaluation. This ranges from helping with power calculations to advising on appropriate quasi-experimental approaches. TAP also provides training to civil servants on the benefits and technicalities of impact evaluations.

Since its launch in 2015 the panel has advised on 72 projects across 24 departments and public bodies, spanning a range of policy areas including energy, adult social care, housing, and family services. 

Dr Anders, Associate Professor of Educational and Social Statistics in the IOE’s Department of Learning and Leadership and the Centre for Education Policy and Equalising Opportunities, joins the Panel as part of a refresh of the membership.

Dr Anders said: “I’m delighted to be joining the Panel, which does a fantastic job supporting and improving high quality policy evaluation work being done across the UK government. This is also a great opportunity for me to learn about some of the practicalities and challenges of doing evaluation work within a policy context, and how these can be overcome to run more robust evaluations and strengthen government programmes.”

The appointment is for 2 years, commencing 20 February 2020.