Louise Jones

Director of Programmes

Since joining in January 2019 as Head of Programmes, Louise has led the development and delivery of What Works for Children’s Social Care’s grant programmes and funded evaluations.

She is also currently interim Head of Research and oversees WWCSC’s internal research portfolio; this consists of nimble and complex evaluations, intervention development, predictive analytics and more. These projects are conducted by our in-house team of qualitative and quantitative researchers.

Before joining WWCSC, Louise worked as a Research Manager for the Behavioural Insights Team. Here she was responsible for the smooth running of the research team, in addition to helping shape its strategic development. Prior to BIT, she worked as a Neuroscience and Mental Health Grants Advisor at Wellcome.

She thoroughly enjoys being a boat dweller in London and dabbles in aerial silks in her spare time.


  • read more about Open funding round – we want to hear from you

    Open funding round – we want to hear from you

    2 July 2020
    In her latest blog, Louise Jones discusses the excitement - and anxiety - of launching our first open funding round.
  • read more about What matters for What Works?

    What matters for What Works?

    30 April 2020
    Louise Jones reflects on the recent priority setting exercise undertaken by WWCSC, and it's aim to ensure the Centre continues to conduct research that is impactful and valuable for all in this complex sector.
  • read more about Help shape our research priorities – phase two coming soon

    Help shape our research priorities – phase two coming soon

    20 January 2020
    We have always been clear that the answer to ‘what works’ in children’s social care will come from those closest to it – from social workers, from young people and care experienced people, from parents and carers, from senior leaders, from academics, charities and private sector providers. This is why we want to ensure all […]
  • read more about We’re publishing protocols for our research

    We’re publishing protocols for our research

    14 March 2019
    Today, the What Works Centre published its first research protocols, which can be found on our research projects page. This is an important milestone for us, as a part of our commitment to starting as we mean to go on, and we thought it might be useful to talk about why. It might seem strange […]