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About Tanyah

Tanyah Hameed is currently a Research and Policy Associate at the Government Outcomes Lab, a research centre at the University of Oxford. She works with the UK government to research innovations in social policy (e.g. outcomes based financing and impact bonds), addressing complex and costly social problems. She is particularly interested in the potential role that cross sector collaborations and social impact investment play in these emerging policy tools, within both higher income and lower middle income countries. 

Her work seeks to build evidence around these new policy tools and inform government decision-making around public service delivery and financing. Using mixed methods, her research projects range across policy areas such as children's social care, mental health and employment, COVID-19 adaptation, refugee support, and public sector reform. She leads on designing and conducting evaluations on UK government programmes, and developing transparent standardised data reporting. She also helps disseminate research to diverse international audiences, and participates in policy dialogue with central and local governments in the UK and beyond.

Tanyah has 5+ years of experience working in public policy research and international development across the UK, Pakistan (Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform; Plan International; Ministry of Commerce) and the UN (UNDP Pakistan; World Food Programme Headquarters). She holds an MPhil in Comparative Social Policy from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar, and a BS in Economics from the National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) Pakistan where she was a sliver medallist. In her spare time, she serves as a trustee for a local charity, Oxfordshire Community and Voluntary Action (OCVA), which supports the VCSE sector across Oxfordshire.

Academic papers

C. FitzGerald, T. Hameed, F. Rosenbach, J. R. Macdonald & . Dixon (2021) Resilience in public service partnerships: evidence from the UK Life Chances Fund Public Management Review, DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2021.2015186

C. FitzGerald, F. Rosenbach, T. Hameed, R. Dixon, R. Blundell. (2021) New development: Rallying together—The rationale for and structure of collaborative practice in England Public Money & Management, DOI: 10.1080/09540962.2021.1981628

Policy and evaluation reports

T. Hameed, J.R. Macdonald, M. Shiva, E. Carter. (2021)The use of social impact bonds in children’s social care: A comparative analysis of project justifications and design considerations in the Life Chances Fund. Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

J. Blundell, F. Rosenbach, T. Hameed, C. FitzGerald. (2019) Are we Rallying Together? Collaboration and public sector reform Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government

E. Carter, C. FitzGerald, R. Dixon, C. Economy, T. Hameed, & M. Airoldi. (2018) Building the tools for public services to secure better outcomes: Collaboration, Prevention, Innovation Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford, Blavatnik School of Government 

J. Outes Velarde, M.Airoldi, E. Carter, M. Gibson, T. Hameed, & J.R. Macdonald (2021) INDIGO Impact Bond Insights July 2021 Government Outcomes Lab, University of Oxford


T. Hameed, C. FitzGerald (2020) Impact bonds can aid recovery in lower and middle-income countries London School of Economics