Debbie works as a Principal Researcher in the Evidence & Experimentation team.

Debbie is working within the Evidence & Experimentation team helping to advance the use of evidence and experimentation in the innovation research process, and to help translate that research into policy and practice.  

Prior to this, Debbie worked as an Evaluation Manager at the Education Endowment Foundation, where she mainly focussed on the evaluation of the National Tutoring Programme, which provided high quality tutoring to disadvantaged pupils as part of the governments' response to school disruption due to the pandemic. She has also worked in the Human Capital team at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, looking at the impact of preschool and home visitation programmes on children's outcomes, amongst other methodological and measurement issues. She also spent a year working at the University of Chicago in their Field Experiments team, where she designed, ran and analysed the data from RCTs in education, health and climate related issues. 

Debbie has a masters and a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she focussed on the development of human capital in children. She got her BA in Psychology & Economics from Trinity College Dublin, and has continued to work in an interdisciplinary manner ever since.