Jonathan Cook, Director, is an economist and has over 20 years’ experience in evaluation, impact assessment and policy research. He has led numerous programme and project evaluation studies for a range of clients, provided expert advice on methods, and delivered training and organisational support for evaluation. His clients include UK government departments and their agencies, regional development agencies, the European Commission, and charities. His experience is wide-ranging across policy areas, including business support, innovation policy, skills development, regional and local development, tourism, and rural affairs.
Jonathan's recent work has focused on policies relating to industrial policy, innovation, business support and enterprise. He oversees the firm’s work for UK government clients including the UK Department for Business, UK Research and Innovation and its different Councils, the British Business Bank, and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Jonathan has led SQW assignments on major national initiatives, including the Start-Up Loans programme, R&D and innovation support schemes, Catapult centres, and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund programmes. He has led evaluations on City Deal programmes and has undertaken studies on research and innovation infrastructure in various parts of the UK. Jonathan was a Co-Investigator for the ESRC-funded Productivity Insights Network, and for this he led a policy review which was published in the book, Productivity Perspectives.