About Nesta

Nesta is an innovation foundation. For us, innovation means turning bold ideas into reality and changing lives for the better. We use our expertise, skills and funding in areas where there are big challenges facing society.

Louise Bazalgette

Louise works as part of a multi-disciplinary innovation team focused on narrowing the outcome gap for disadvantaged children.

Previously Louise was Principal Research Advisor for Nesta’s Alliance for Useful Evidence. As part of this role, Louise was evidence lead in the development team for What Works for Children's Social Care, while it was incubated at Nesta. As part of this work, Louise developed the Centre’s Evidence Store.

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 including parenting, the early years and children's social care. At the NSPCC, Louise led work on a system redesign project with local authorities to improve mental health outcomes for looked after children. She also led the development and evaluation of new services for children involved with children’s social care. This included working with children’s practitioners to develop a practice toolkit for direct work with children.

Louise is passionate about the roles that research and evidence can play in improving people's lives. She is a trained researcher in both qualitative and quantitative methods, specialising in qualitative research with vulnerable groups. She completed an MSc in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London in 2018.

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