Matt is the Head of the Crime, Justice and Attitudes team at NatCen Social Research, providing maternity cover for Caroline Turley.
The team has 12 researchers working on a range of mixed method studies that include some of the most complex undertaken by NatCen and addressing issues such as offender rehabilitation, radicalisation and extremism, the treatment of asylum-seekers, bereavement, and issues around diversity and equalities within communities.
Matt’s previous roles include Head of the Child Outcomes Research Consortium, and Head of evaluation at the NSPCC, where he led one of the largest ever programmes of evaluation and learning in the children’s sector.
This included more than 25 separate evaluations, including four randomized controlled trials, the comprehensive use of standardized psychometric measures, as well as surveys and in-depth qualitative case studies.
As part of his role, Matt oversaw the NSPCC’s research ethics review process, as well as leading on the development of the organization’s guidance for researchers on disclosure and on managing risk to respondents and researchers.
Before joining the NSPCC, Matt was a research director at NatCen, where he led a wide range of mixed-method studies and evaluations focused on vulnerable populations, including drug users and offenders.
He has written about methodology for a range of publications and has delivered training to many organizations, from Manchester University to the Home Office, covering topics such as theory of change, approaches to evaluation, qualitative data analysis and research ethics