Jonathan Cook is an economist by training with extensive experience in evaluation, impact assessment, appraisal and policy research. He has provided advice and guidance on evaluation methods and frameworks, delivered training and capacity development, and undertaken programme and project evaluation studies for a range of clients. These include UK government departments and their agencies (such as the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the British Business Bank, UK Commission for Employment and Skills, and the Research Councils), regional development agencies, the European Commission, and charities. His evaluation experience is wide-ranging, covering business and enterprise development, business innovation, public services innovation, adult skills, and local growth.
Jonathan's recent work has focussed on business development, innovation and economic development, and he oversees the firm’s work for clients such as BIS, Innovate UK and the Research Councils. Assignments have included research on the use of public and private sources of business support, evaluations of national small business finance programmes such as Start Up Loans, and economic assessments of commercialisation and seed funding initiatives. Sub-nationally, Jonathan has undertaken studies on investments in Science Parks, incubators, innovation campuses and other technology assets in places such as Cambridge, York and the West Midlands.