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Ian Wilson

Ian Wilson BA, MSc

Principal Research Fellow


Ian Wilson is a Principal Research Fellow in CRESR who leads its value for money (VFM) and economic impact analysis work. He is an economist who has successfully directed or managed strands on major evaluation projects for a range of commissioning bodies, including the DWP, DCLG, the Northern Housing Consortium, Circle Housing Wherry, Wakefield and District Housing and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

  • About

    Ian has considerable expertise and experience in economic evaluation and econometric/statistical analysis. This includes the application of Cost Benefit Analysis (including the economic valuation of impacts), economic impact analysis, analysis of financial accounts, survey research and the use of advanced statistical methods in the analysis of cross-sectional, multi-level and longitudinal datasets. Much of his work has involved devising innovative methods and solutions for these methods. For example: producing a measure of a Young Person's proximity to the labour market; establishing the monetary value of health impacts from domestic energy improvements to reduce cold homes; identifying the impact of direct payment of housing benefit on tenants rent payment behaviour; and identifying the impact of New Deal Communities (NDC), included pioneering work to monetise the value of 'perceptional' outcomes from regeneration programmes such as NDC. He has contributed to over seventy policy orientated papers and reports. Ian has also produced papers for peer-reviewed academic journals and presented at conferences and seminars.

    His research interests include economic methods for valuation and evaluation, housing, worklessness and welfare reform.

    Research interests

    • assessing economic impact
    • estimating the monetised value of outputs and outcomes
    • GIS and quantitative research methods
    • the impact of regeneration programmes on housing, health, crime, social capital and labour markets
    • inequalities and disadvantage within labour markets.
  • Teaching

    DSResearch Institute

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Welfare reform and labour markets

    Regeneration and economic development

    Voluntary and community sector

    Vulnerable groups

    Measuring outcomes and impact

  • Research

    • Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research

    2012-2020 Evaluation of Talent Match, funded by the BIG Lottery, £1.4 million. Role: Lead quantitative analysis.

    2014-2015 Evaluation of HB2U, funded by Circle Housing Wherry, £37,750. Role: Director.

    2015 The Big Tenant Survey, Funded by Housing Partners, £20,000. Role: Manager.

    2015-2016 Evaluation of the First Call Service, funded by British Red Cross, £60,000. Role: Lead quantitative and impact analysis.

    2014-2020 Evaluation of the West Yorkshire Finding Independence Project, funded by DISC, £300,000. Role: Lead impact analysis.

    Key clients

    • Big Lottery Fund
    • Cabinet Office
    • Capacitybuilders
    • Department for Work and Pensions
    • Go Racing in Yorkshire
    • Home Office
    • Office for the Deputy Prime Minister
    • Scope
    • Wakefield and District Housing
    • Yorkshire Forward
  • Publications

  • Media

    Ian is an economist and a research fellow in the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR). He has extensive research experience on urban and regional issues, wellbeing, the measurement and assessment of impact and the valuation of outcomes. Ian has worked on research and evaluation projects sponsored by a range of commissioning bodies, including government departments, voluntary organisations and Regional Development Agencies.

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