James Noble

James Noble is a social researcher with over 20 years experience across a range of settings. He has worked as an evaluation consultant to charities and public sector organisations, and conducted a range of research projects on social policy issues.

James has extensive experience of the main research methodologies; both very large-scale quantitative surveys, such as the DWP’s Families and Children’s Study, and smaller scale surveys involving online and telephone research. He has delivered many qualitative research projects with families and communities. He has also helped over 100 organisations to develop theories of change and leads NPC’s work on developing this approach.

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Why I work for NPC

I want charities to really benefit from the research and evaluation they do.  Working at NPC gives me a great opportunity to get to know organisations and suggest practical ways to improve their use of evidence.

A snapshot of my work at NPC


Theory of change in ten steps

Towards an evidence-led social sector

Choosing an electronic case management system for your organisation

Evidence and data collection for education start-ups

Knowledge and Learning for social organisations aiming to grow or ‘scale-up’

Listen and learn: How charities can use qualitative research

Mind the gap: what the public thinks about charities


What does ‘impact measurement’ really mean?

5 types of data for assessing your work: An explainer

Long read: Theories of change are here to stay

Five years of the justice data lab

Why charities should collect less impact data

Let’s stop chasing our tails on ‘impact measurement’