Ben Thatcher

Research Director

Ben joined Qa Research in 2019 following a 14-year research career spanning the academic, public, and charitable sectors. Ben’s career has seen him investigating social identity in academia and how this mediates intergroup emotions, managing large-scale household surveys for the Office for National Statistics, as well as being a key member of the qualitative research team that developed ONS’ Personal Well-being questions, which are now widely used across government and social research to measure individuals’ levels of life satisfaction, happiness and anxiety. More recently, Ben has worked in the third sector in Wales and England, leading client side evaluations of national programmes seeking to improve the lives of; those from, and living in, disadvantaged communities, disabled people, and young people in education. He has commissioned research including; the evaluation of a regeneration project tasked with improving community assets and spaces to improve community cohesion, and to measure the impact of participation in sport and physical activity on social trust.

Ben’s passion is for understanding social outcomes, whether from a programme, project, initiative or intervention, particularly where these relate to under-represented or marginalised groups. He likes to get to grips with the mechanisms that underpin change to properly explain and evidence impact. He advocates for the use of ‘Theory of Change’ not only in planning and managing projects, but also in articulating evaluation strategies and measuring outputs and outcomes.

Ben is member of the Social Research Association. As well as his degree, he has undergone extensive training in statistical analysis, qualitative data collection techniques, and holds qualifications from The Royal Statistical Society.

Contact Ben

ben.thatcher@qaresearch.co.uk

01904 632 039