Louise Jones

Director of Programmes

Since joining the team in January 2019, Louise has led on building What Works for Children’s Social Care’s funding capacity, which supports both promising programmes and evaluations undertaken by our Panel of Evaluators. She also supported the set-up of the internal research team during the early establishment of the Centre and served as Interim Head of Research for over a year alongside her main role.

Her work currently includes oversight of the evaluations for the Department for Education’s Supporting Families: Investing in Practice Programme, as well as an extensive portfolio of work which aims to improve the educational attainment of children with a social worker. Louise is also in the process of launching a new What Works for LGBTQ+ group, which brings together expertise from other What Works Centres, to focus on improving the outcomes of LGBTQ+ people.

Before joining WWCSC, Louise worked as a Research Manager for the Behavioural Insights Team and prior to this, 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 Partnering for powerful change

    Partnering for powerful change

    10 February 2021
    Louise Jones, Director of Programmes, discusses WWCSC's exciting partnership with NIHR to fund evaluations of interventions for to improve the mental health of children and young people with a social worker
  • 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
    The What Works Centre is publishing research plans for all of its projects before work gets started on them - Louise Reid explains why.