Jessica is a Research Associate with the Policy Evaluation and Research Unit. She is currently leading some research activities for the FP7 European project, MyWeb (Measuring Youth Well-Being), which aims to explore the feasibility of a longitudinal pan-European survey of childhood and youth. She also works on the Horizon2020 project 'Innovative Social Investment: Strengthening communities in Europe' (InnoSI) that started in May 2015. This project is examining social welfare reform across Europe with a particular focus on innovation in financing social welfare reform and the impact of welfare reform on end users and local communities. She is responsible for undertaking a case study of the Troubled Families program in Greater Manchester.
Jessica obtained her MA in Social Sciences from the Sorbonne (Paris V) and a BSc in psychology fromUniversity Rene Descartes (Paris V).
Jessica completed her PhD in political science and sociology at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her doctoral research explored the feasibility and added value of incorporating a focus on leadership as a causal mechanism in theory-based evaluation. This research was based on her experience as a member of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre. As a
doctoral fellow, she worked as part of a team undertaking the Process Evaluation of the Tallaght West Childhood Development Initiative (Dublin, Ireland). This multi-faceted project aimed to improve the health, safety, learning, and overall wellbeing of children in this underprivileged area.
Jessica also previously worked in Paris, France for the public consultancy firm Acadie where she contributed to various research and evaluation projects in the fields of housing policy and urban regeneration.
Doctoral Fellow - UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre, National University of Ireland, Galway (2009-2014)
Consultant in Research and Evaluation - Acadie – Coopérative Conseil, Politiques Publiques & Territoires, Paris, France (2008)
Intern - Barnardo's, London, UK (2008)
Research Assistant - Magistere de Sciences Sociales, Paris, France (2005-2008)
Haitian Creole (Basic)
Since she joined PERU, Jessica also worked on the evaluation of the Greater Manchester Intensive Community Order (ICO) Programme. The ICO programme is part of the GM Transforming Justice and Public Service Reform (PSR) programmes, and offers an intensive community disposal as an alternative to short custodial sentences. She also worked on the Rail Incident Manager (RIM) project, for which two university departments (Digital Media and Entertainment Technology, Sociology) are collaborating with the software solutions company Datasys to develop a novel Rail Incident Management technology.
Expertise/ areas of interest
Mixed Method research
Children and youth
CP. O'Leary, J. Ozan, A. Bradbury (2017). Grandmentors review: final report for Volunteering Matters. Policy Evaluation and Research Unit (PERU) at Manchester Metropolitan University, Volunteering Matters.
G. Pollock, J. Ozan, R. Baldwin, H. Goswani, CP. O'Leary, et al. (2016). D7.2: Evaluation report: Cost benefit analysis of an ELSCYP, projected operational field costs, operational practice in longitudinal surveys. European Commission, European Commission.
R. Clarke, M. Ellison, J. Ozan, CC. Fox (2015). Evaluation of Intensive Community Support - Interim Report. Manchester Metropolitan University, Public Service Reform (PSR) Justice and Rehabilitation Team.