Claire is a Research Fellow of the Institute and Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Warwick. She was previously Programme Director of the Skills sector at IFS. Her research interests focus on the determinants of educational attainment and HE participation, including the roles of socio-economic status, expectations and aspirations, month of birth and parents' marital status. She is particularly interested in how education policy can be used to improve the outcomes of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and has played a leading role in the evaluations of a number of education programmes aiming to do just that, including on behalf of the Department of Education and the Education Endowment Foundation. She is also managing editor of Fiscal Studies.
Dr. Richard Dorsett is Director of Policy Evaluation at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. He has a particular interest in randomised control trials (RCTs) in the areas of employment and education/training. He has previously worked on four large-scale RCTs for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) . RCTs ongoing at the time of writing (October 2014) include a comparison of face-to-face and blended learning for the delivery of adult basic skills training (for the Department for Business Innovation and Skills) and an exploration of variations in effectiveness between organisations delivering the Work Programme (for DWP). He led the external evaluation of "Mind the Gap" for the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and is involved in two further EEF projects, using a mix of individual and cluster (school) randomisation. He has provided consultancy advice to Nesta on the design of randomised control trials in schools.