The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has used scientific methods to evaluate a new flagship policy - a first for the department. Maria O’Beirne explains how and why her team designed the trial.
Maria O’Beirne is a senior analyst in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government providing analytical support for policy areas of integration, faith and equalities, as well as community rights.
Maria has worked as a social researcher in government for over 15 years working at the Home Office, Health and Safety Executive and the Department for Work and Pensions and prior to that as an academic researcher at Royal Holloway University of London.
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