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Peter Dickinson

Research interests

Peter has been a researcher/evaluator for his whole career and has directed, managed and delivered over 100 research, evaluation and support projects. These projects have involved:

  • a range of clients (supra national, national, subregional, local government and third sector organisations);

  • a number of policy areas (learning and skills, employment, economic development, worklessness, poverty, social isolation and sustainable development);

  • across the learning and skills agenda: schools, FE, HE, careers and IAG, enterprise, apprenticeships, NEET, foundation learning, e-learning, offender learning, financial and pastoral support, employer co-funding, learner loans, qualification reform, employability, functional skills, ESOL, green skills, area reviews, and local skills strategies;

  • projects ranging in budget size from £5k to £500k, often managing several projects simultaneously;

  • employing different quantitative and qualitative research methods (often using multi-method approaches):

  • qualitative research methods, including: process evaluations; literature reviews; rapid evidence reviews; policy analysis; behavioural insights; comparative analyses; focus groups with learners, residents, employers, providers; face-to-face and telephone surveys and interviews, and; peer review;

  • quantitative research methods, including: impact analysis; cost benefit analysis (Social Return on Investment and Net Present Value), and; telephone, postal and e-surveys;

  • developing management information systems and performance frameworks for Jobcentre Plus, Government Departments and subregional organisations.

Rigorous data and information analyst:

  • qualitative analysis: thematic and contextual analysis;
  • NVivo, systematic literature reviews, grounded theory, and delphi methods;
  • quantitative analysis: regression, cross tabulation using Excel and SPSS;
  • triangulating qualitative and quantitative analysis forward planning to embed structures facilitating triangulation of information and data.

Academic profile

Peter Dickinson joined IER as a Senior Research Fellow in 2017. Prior to this Peter was a Principal Researcher at Warwick Economics and Development and Lead Technical Researcher at ICF (formerly GHK). Whilst at ICF he led on the management of the BIS Research Framework Contract and on the UK learning and skills offer. He also developed ICF's approach to the impact analysis of social programmes.

Currrent projects

  • Literature Review of Student Choices at 18. With Beate Baldauf, Gaby Atfield, Wil Hunt and Alan Brown. Funded by the Department for Education. Project Start Date: 16/04/2018 - Project End Date: 31/07/2018 [details]
  • Post education job and career choices. With Beate Baldauf, Daria Luchinskaya, Wil Hunt and Alan Brown. Funded by Department for Edcuation. Project Start Date: 16/04/2018 - Project End Date: 31/07/2018 [details]
  • Productivity and Skills Commission Annual Report, West Midlands Combined Authority, 2018.
  • Developing Green Skills and Digital Skills dash boards, Cedefop, 2018.
  • Skills Advisory Panels Feasibility Study, DfE, 2018

All projects

Selected publications

  • Warwick Economics and Development, June 2016. The Scale and Scope of UK Higher Education Transnational Education. HEGlobal.

  • ICF, August 2015. Business Development Programme Evaluation — Final Report. Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.

  • ICF, December 2014. Evaluation of Getting Ahead: the Symud Ymlaen/Moving Forward project —Interim Report. Big Lottery Fund.

  • ICF GHK, 2013. Research on Understanding Localised Policy Interventions in Business Support and Skills. BIS Research Paper No. 156, BIS.

  • ICF GHK, 2013. International Evidence Review on Co-funding for Training. BIS Research Paper No. 116, BIS.

  • ICF GHK, 2012. Evaluation of the European Social Fund Innovation, Transnational and Mainstreaming projects. DWP Research Report No. 817, DWP.

  • ICF GHK, 2012. Evaluation of the European Social Fund Innovation, Transnational and Mainstreaming projects. DWP Research Report No. 817, DWP.

All publications

All conference presentations



Senior Research Fellow

Institute for Employment Research
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL

Tel: +44(0)24 76524420
Fax: +44(0)24 76 550860

P dot Dickinson at warwick dot ac dot uk