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Louise joined the Alliance for Useful Evidence as Principal Research and Evaluation Advisor in January 2018. She will be leading a variety of projects for the Alliance, as well as specialising in the use of research and evidence for the What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care, which is currently being incubated at Nesta.

Louise has a background in promoting the use of evidence in policy and practice, having previously worked at the think tank Demos (2010 - 2013) and the NSPCC (2013 - 2018). At Demos Louise researched policy areas such as as the early years and children’s social care. At the NSPCC, Louise led work on system design to improve mental health outcomes for looked after children and the development and evaluation of new services in children’s social care. This included working alongside children’s practitioners to develop a practice toolkit for direct work with children.

Louise has a strong interest in research methods - both qualitative and quantitative. She is currently studying a part-time MSc in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. She will be focusing her MSc dissertation on the transition to parenthood for first-time parents, carrying out in-depth qualitative interviews with couples expecting their first baby. Previously Louise has studied an MSc in Global Politics at the LSE and a BA in English Literature at Cambridge University.