Jane Colechin, Head of Evidence and Evaluation at Youth Futures Foundation, has been appointed to the UK Government Evaluation & Trial Advice Panel (ETAP) to support the design and delivery of robust, high-quality evaluation across government.
Managed by the Evaluation Task Force, the Panel provides free advice to government departments and What Works Centres when designing evaluations. Since its launch in 2015, the Panel has advised on over 160 programmes and policies, spanning a range of policy areas including crime, education, employment and more.
Jane joins the Panel as part of the next term of panel members. The appointment is for 2 years, commencing 1st March 2023, with the opportunity to extend for an additional year.
Jane is Head of Evidence and Evaluation at Youth Futures Foundation; the What Works Centre for Youth Employment. Jane leads on evidence generation at Youth Futures. This includes the design and delivery of impact evaluations of youth employment interventions and development of guidance and methods for evaluators.
Commenting on her appointment to the Panel, Jane said:
“I am delighted to join the Evaluation & Trial Advice Panel. I am excited to support policymakers to embed high-quality evaluation methods into their plans and to get insight from panel members and government delivery leads.”
Jane has two decades of experience in leading research and evaluation projects across welfare state, labour market and employment policy and has advised national and local policy makers on the design and delivery of effective employment, skills, and welfare benefit programmes. Jane is particularly interested in developing robust evaluation methods for simple and complex interventions.
For more information and examples of ETAP’s work, see here.