Jordan Harrison

Senior Research Assistant
Jordan Harrison


Jordan first joined PERU as a Research Assistant, during which time he was involved in the completion of numerous Rapid Evidence Assessment in a variety of public sector domains. Since then, Jordan has progressed to becoming a Senior Research Assistant and is responsible for working across multiple projects. More recently his role has consisted of supporting the maintenance and development of a micro simulation model, a technique that allows the policy makers to understand the effect of policy changes to the tax and benefits system on an individual and household level.

Jordan aslo has a key role in generating evidence that underpins the What Works Agenda in sectors such as Criminal Justice and Education, Jordan has worked on projects funded by The Education Endowment Foundation, and the use of randomised control trials (RCTs) to harness data and inform evidence based practice. Jordan is also leading on the design, planning, implementation and evaluation of Horizon 2020 research programme the Co-creation of Service Innovations in Europe (CoSIE), the aim of which is to inspire the beginning of a new era in the co-creation of public services by achieving sustainable and strategic change.


Having graduated 2016 from Manchester Metropolitan University, Jordan has worked in the voluntary sector to support ex-offenders to transform their lives and desist from crime. Prior to joining PERU, Jordan worked for Interserve Justice, the largest provider of Community Rehabilitation Companies, where he was at the forefront of the implementation and of Transforming Rehabilitation government policy initiative.

Jordan his currently studying an MSc in Behavioural and Economic Science with a focus on improving outcomes for the public sector through the application of psychological theory and the generation and utilisation of experimental evidence.

Research Interests


  • Randomized Controlled Trials
  • Quantitative Evaluation Methodologies
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Economic Modelling
  • Welfare and Tax Systems
  • Public Sector Innovation

Research Activity


  • 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. 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.
  • 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 »

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