Louise Shaxson

Louise Shaxson

Research Fellow
Formerly with DFID, Louise subsequently moved to Whitehall and worked as a consultant to various Departments on how to implement an evidence-based approach to policymaking.
Louise Shaxson is a research fellow in the RAPID programme. A former director of the management consultancy company Delta Partnership, her work focuses on improving public sector policy and strategy within the broad framework of evidence-based policy making. Her career began at NRI and DFID where she ran the socio-economic methodologies programme. This led to work in Whitehall on how to construct a robust evidence base for policy; and an interest in how UK government departments can better scope, assemble and interpret evidence for increasingly interdependent policy issues. As part of this, Louise has conducted strategic reviews of the evidence landscape for key policy issues, advised how to change team structure and operations to introduce a knowledge brokering approach to research/policy links, and commented on organizational changes which could improve the research/policy interface. Over the past eight years she has focused on working with policymakers in line ministries, developing new tools for them to make more effective use of evidence and refining existing ones.

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