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.

Highlights of my work

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The power of collaboration

Understanding Impact

Theory of change in ten steps

Data Labs update

Justice Data Lab: FAQ update


How will social distancing change charity evaluation?

How to do a basic theory of change

Help us make theory of change even more useful

Five years of justice data labs

What does ‘impact measurement’ really mean?

Five 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

Education, enterprise, evidence (and the Eighteenth Century?)

A foothold on the uphill struggle towards measuring impact

Developing theories of change for entire sectors

Justice Data Lab goes from strength to strength

Why charities should collect less impact data

7 practical tools for improving your outcomes and impact

How can we make evidence easier?

Can horses help prevent reoffending?

Should charities run public services?

Evidence athletics

Begin the Beguine

Realising the potential of ‘what works’