Dr Jessica Ozan

Research Associate
Dr Jessica Ozan

Responsibilities

Jessica is a Research Associate with the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. She is currently leading some research activities for the Horizon 2020 project ECDP (European Cohort Development Project), which is building the specification and business case for a European Research Infrastructure that will provide comparative longitudinal survey data on child and young adult well-being. She is also currently involved in the evaluation of pilots aimed at care leavers for the Children’s Social Care Innovation programme (Department for Education). The programme seeks to develop, test and share effective ways of supporting children who need help from children’s social care services.

Since she joined PERU, Jessica worked on the review of the Grandmentors programme, which delivers intergenerational mentoring programmes for young people transitioning from care. She led research activities on the FP7 European project, MyWeb (Measuring Youth Well-Being), which explored the feasibility of a longitudinal pan-European survey of childhood and youth. She also worked on the Horizon2020 project 'Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe' (InnoSI). This project examined social welfare reform across Europe with a particular focus on innovation in financing social welfare reform and the impact of welfare reform on end users and local communities. Jessica was responsible for undertaking a case study of the Troubled Families programme in Greater Manchester.


Jessica was also involved in the evaluation of the Greater Manchester Intensive Community Order (ICO) Programme. The ICO programme is part of the GM Transforming Justice and Public Service Reform (PSR) programmes, and offers an intensive community disposal as an alternative to short custodial sentences. She also worked on the Rail Incident Manager (RIM) project, for which two university departments (Digital Media and Entertainment Technology, Sociology) are collaborating with the software solutions company Datasys to develop a novel Rail Incident Management technology.

In 2016, Jessica was part of the Voluntary Evaluator Peer Review pilot for the UK Evaluation Society.

 

Background

Jessica completed her PhD in political science and sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her doctoral research explored the feasibility and added value of incorporating a focus on leadership as a causal mechanism in theory-based evaluation. This research was based on her experience as a member of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. As a doctoral fellow, she worked as part of a team undertaking the Process Evaluation of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative (Dublin, Ireland). This multi-faceted project aimed to improve the health, safety, learning, and overall wellbeing of children in this underprivileged area.

Jessica also previously worked in Paris, France for the public consultancy firm Acadie where she contributed to various research and evaluation projects in the fields of housing policy and urban regeneration.

She obtained her MA in Social Sciences from the Sorbonne (Paris V) and a BSc in psychology from University Rene Descartes (Paris V).

Expertise

  • Evaluation methodology
  • Research design
  • Mixed methods research
  • Sociology
  • Social policy
  • Children and youth
  • Intercultural approaches

Research Interests

  • Evaluation methodology
  • Research design
  • Mixed methods research
  • Sociology
  • Social policy
  • Children and youth
  • Intercultural approaches

Research Activity

  • Research Associate, European Horizon 2020 project, ECDP (2018-2019) View project »
  • Research Associate, Review of the Grandmentors programme, (2018) View project »
  • Research Associate, European Horizon 2020 project, InnoSi, (2015-2017) View project »
  • Research Associate, European FP7 MyWeb Project, (2014-2016) View project »
  • Research Associate, Rail Incident Manager, (2014-2015) View project »
  • Doctoral Fellow, Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative Process Evaluation (2009-2013)
  • Research and Evaluation Specialist, Elderly Welfare in Public Housing, (2008)
  • Research and Evaluation Specialist, Formative Evaluation for Urban Regeneration Plan: Choisy-le-Roi City Council (2008)
  • Research and Evaluation Specialist, Impact Evaluation of Regional Housing Policy for Underprivileged People: Oise Departmental Council (2008)
  • Intern, Evaluation of the Big Toddle Fundraising Event, (2007)
  • Research Assistant, The Social Mechanisms Leading to School Failure (2007)
  • Research Assistant, The Influence of Different Cultural Backgrounds on the Use of Public Transport in Paris: Research Centre on Social Links (2005)

Publications

  • Ozan, J., O’Leary, C., Baines, S., and Bailey, G. (2019 forthcoming) ‘Troubled Families in Greater Manchester’. In S. Baines, J. Csoba, F. Sipos, and A. Bassi (Eds), implementing innovative social investment. Policy Press, Bristol.
  • Ozan, J., Mierina, I., and Koroleva, I. (2018) ‘A comparative expert survey on measuring and enhancing children and young people’s well-being in Europe’. In G. Pollock, J. Ozan, H. Goswami, G. Rees, A. Stasulane (Eds) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy. New York: Springer.
  • Ozan, J., Pollock, G., Goswami, H., and Lynn, P. (2018) ‘Challenges in conducting a new longitudinal study on children and young people well-being in European Union’. In G. Pollock, J. Ozan, H. Goswami, G. Rees, A. Stasulane (Eds) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy. New York: Springer.
  • Pollock, G., Ozan, J., and Goswami, H (2018) ‘Notions of well-being, the state of child well-being research and the MYWeB project’ In G. Pollock, J. Ozan, H. Goswami, G. Rees, A. Stasulane (Eds) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy. New York: Springer.
  • Pollock, G., Ozan, J., Goswami, H, and Fox, C. (2018) ‘With a view towards the future: working towards an accelerated European Cohort Survey’ In G. Pollock, J. Ozan, H. Goswami, G. Rees, A. Stasulane (Eds) Measuring Youth Well-being: How a Pan-European Longitudinal Survey could improve Policy. New York: Springer.
  • Ozan, J. (2016). ‘Evaluation in the UK: Exploring the possible interface between evaluation and social research’, The Evaluator, Spring, p. 6-8.
  • Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) Leading Community Change: Delivering Better Outcomes in an Irish Community. Childhood Development Initiative Final Process Evaluation Report. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.
  • Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) Mainstreaming, Dissemination and Sustainability. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.
  • Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI and the Community. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.
  • Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI as Organisation: Examining the Processes and Relationships to Support Implementation. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.
  • Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) CDI Experience Impacting on Training and Support of Managers and Practitioners. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.
  • Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) Interagency Working and Service Integration in Tallaght West. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.
  • Canavan, J., Coen, L., Ozan, J. and Curtin, C. (2014) The Origins and Development of CDI and its Strategy A Place for Children: Tallaght West. Dublin: Childhood Development Initiative.

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