Andrew Smith

Research Associate
Andrew Smith


Andrew joined PERU in September 2017 as a Research Associate, and is currently working on projects across a number of areas including 'What Works' in probation, approaches to the co-production of public services, and education. 

Andrew specialises in evidence synthesis (e.g. Rapid Evidence Assessment, meta-analysis) and quantitative methods.


Before joining PERU Andrew trained and worked as an organisational psychologist, undertaking evaluation and psychometric development work across a range of sectors, including criminal justice. 

Andrew is also currently undertaking a PhD researching the use of Randomised Controlled Trials in education and criminal justice.

Research Interests

  • Impact evaluation
  • Quantitative methods
  • Causal inference
  • Randomised Controlled Trials
  • Evidence synthesis (e.g. systematic review and meta-analysis)
  • Psychometrics

Research Activity

  • Interserve Personalisation Project View project »
  • Research and Evaluation Support to Interserve Justice (five Community Rehabilitation Companies) - 'what works?' and data modelling View project »


  • Smith, A., Heyes, K., Fox, C., Harrison, J., Kiss, Z., & Bradbury, A. (2018). The effectiveness of probation supervision towards reducing reoffending: A Rapid Evidence Assessment. Probation Journal, 264550518796275. View publication »
  • Fox, C., Harrison, J., Marsh, C., & Smith, A. (2018). Piloting different approaches to personalised offender management in the English criminal justice system. International Review of Sociology, 1–27.
  • Fox, C.; Harrison, J.; Marsh, C.; Smith, A. (2017). Personalisation in the criminal justice system: An evaluation of Person-centred practice Pilots. Manchester Metropolitan University.

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