Dr Jane Kennedy

Head of Research and Data Hub at London Borough of Newham

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Head of Research and Data Hub, Strategic Commissioning and Partnership Development, London Borough of Newham
Policy Fellow Alum, Centre for Science and Policy

Jane Kennedy is a Senior Manager at Newham Council, leading policy research and evaluation commissioned by the Elected Mayor. Previously she worked as a Senior Manager in the National Studies Team at the Audit Commission (2007-11) and before that for Staffordshire County Council, where she was responsible for corporate policy, business planning and strategic partnership improvement (1994-2007).

She has a PhD in resource-based strategy focused on local government performance, and an MBA; has published in peer reviewed journals; and has taught on the Masters in Public Administration at Warwick University. She currently works with a range of academic partners including ESRC local government navigators, LSE, Institute of Education, Institute of Employment Studies, Birmingham University, Essex University, and Staffordshire University. She also has nine years’ experience as a volunteer police officer, including two years as an Inspector managing 26 officers across four police stations.

Jane’s objectives for her Policy Fellowship are to explore the use of evidence-based policy making and the scientific approach to research in discussion with both academics and other Fellows in government. She is interested in the wider evidence debate and in particular the move to evaluation in social sciences.

To read about Jane's experience as a Policy Fellow in Cambridge see here.