James Noble

James Noble is a social researcher with 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 primary 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 also delivered a wide range of qualitative research projects with families and communities. His main interest is helping organisations to evaluate their impact with the resources they have at their disposal.

Why I work at 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


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

Towards an evidence-led social sector

Beyond bars: Maximising the voluntary sector’s contribution in criminal justice

Evidence and data collection for education start-ups

Listen and learn: How charities can use qualitative research


Five years of justice data labs

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

The value of support for community organisations