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.
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.
- 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.
Development and Society
Welfare reform and labour markets
Regeneration and economic development
Voluntary and community sector
Measuring outcomes and impact
- 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.
- Big Lottery Fund
- Cabinet Office
- Department for Work and Pensions
- Go Racing in Yorkshire
- Home Office
- Office for the Deputy Prime Minister
- Wakefield and District Housing
- Yorkshire Forward
GILBERTSON, Janet, LEATHER, David, MCCARTHY, Lindsey and WILSON, Ian (2018). An evaluation of Cash Smart Credit Savvy: Final Report. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
BATTY, Elaine, PEARSON, Sarah, WILSON, Ian, COLDWELL, Michael, STIELL, Bernadette and WILLIS, Benjamin (2018). Children's Community evaluation 2017 report. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
ARCHER, Tom, GREEN, Stephen, LEATHER, David, MCCARTHY, Lindsey, WILSON, Ian, ROBINSON, David and TAIT, Malcolm (2018). Older people's housing, care and support needs in Greater Cambridge 2017-2036. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
BATTY, Elaine, FODEN, Michael, GREEN, Stephen, MCCARTHY, Lindsey, ROBINSON, David and WILSON, Ian (2017). Evaluation of extra care housing in Wales: Executive summary. Project Report. Cardiff, Welsh Government.
COLE, Ian, GREEN, Stephen, PATTISON, Ben, REEVE, Kesia and WILSON, Ian (2017). Capping aspiration : the millennial housing challenge. Project Report. Sheffield Hallam University for the Sovereign Housing Association.
SANDERSON, Elizabeth and WILSON, Ian (2017). Does locality make a difference? The impact of housing allowance reforms on private landlords. Housing Studies, 32 (7), 948-967.
HICKMAN, Paul, KEMP, Peter, REEVE, Kesia and WILSON, Ian (2017). The impact of the direct payment of housing benefit: evidence from Great Britain. Housing Studies Online, 32 (8), 1105-1126.
HICKMAN, Paul, KEMP, Peter A, REEVE, Kesia and WILSON, Ian (2017). The impact of the direct payment of housing benefit: evidence from Great Britain. Housing Studies, 32 (8), 1105-1126.
SANDERSON, Elizabeth, WELLS, Peter and WILSON, Ian (2016). Resilience and involvement: the role of the EU's Structural and Investment Funds in addressing youth unemployment. In: BACHTLER, John, BERKOWITZ, Peter, HARDY, Sally and MURAVSKA, Tatjana, (eds.) EU cohesion policy: reassessing performance and direction. Regions and Cities (111). Abingdon, Routledge, 127-139.
PATTISON, Ben, TYLER, Peter, WELLS, Peter and WILSON, Ian (2016). Regeneration revival? Making housing-led regeneration work across England. Project Report. Sheffield, Chartered Institute of Housing.
PATTISON, Ben, ROBINSON, David and WILSON, Ian (2016). Tenant perception of the Right to Buy extension : evidence from the Big Tenant Survey. Project Report. Sheffiled, Sheffield Hallam University.
SANDERSON, Elizabeth, WELLS, Peter and WILSON, Ian (2015). Young people's resilience and involvement : possible elements of the European Union's Structural and Investment Funds in addressing youth unemployment? In: Challenges for the New Cohesion Policy in 2014-2020 : An Academic and Policy Debate, Riga, 4-6 February, 2015.
REEVE, Kesia, WILSON, Ian, HICKMAN, Paul and DAYSON, Christopher (2014). Direct payment demonstration projects: Key findings of the 18th months' rent account analysis exercise. Project Report. London, Department for Work and Pensions.
HICKMAN, Paul, REEVE, Kesia, KEMP, Peter, WILSON, Ian and GREEN, Stephen (2014). Direct payment demonstration projects: Key findings of the programme evaluation. Final report. Project Report. London, Department for Work and Pensions.
BASHIR, Nadia, CRONIN DE CHAVEZ, Anna, GILBERTSON, Janet, TOD, Angela, SANDERSON, Elizabeth and WILSON, Ian (2013). An Evaluation of the FILT Warm Homes Service. Project Report. Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University.
WILSON, Ian (2013). Outcomes for 'stayers' in urban regeneration areas: the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Urban Research & Practice Online ISSN 1753-5077, 6 (2), 174-193.
WILSON, Ian (2012). Using shadow pricing to value outcomes from regeneration programmes: evidence from the New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Town Planning Review, 83 (6), 669-694.
BEATTY, Christina, FODEN, Michael, LAWLESS, Paul and WILSON, Ian (2010). Area-based regeneration partnerships and the role of central government: the New Deal for Communities programme in England. Policy and Politics, 38 (2), 235-251.
WILSON, Ian, LAWLESS, Paul, GRIMSLEY, Mike and FODEN, Michael (2010). Linking interventions to outcomes in area regeneration: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Town Planning Review, 81 (2), 151-172.
LAWLESS, Paul, FODEN, Michael, WILSON, Ian and BEATTY, Christina (2010). Understanding area-based regeneration: The New Deal for Communities Programme in England. Sage Urban Studies Abstracts, 47 (2), 257-275.
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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