Dr Rachel Iredale is Head of Evaluation with overall responsibility for the evaluation portfolio at ESRC. She leads the Evaluation Team and provides specialist evaluation expertise to both internal and external stakeholders. A champion of using evaluation for continuous improvement and to inform decision-making, Rachel designs, commissions and delivers the ESRC’s programme of strategic evaluations. Rachel joined the ESRC in 2020 from the Construction Industry Training Board and has worked in a variety of roles involving research and evaluation, including in the Third Sector in a cancer charity and in the NHS in a genetics service. She has a PhD in social policy from University College Dublin and a Masters in European social policy analysis, having spent time studying at Maynooth, University of Bath and the University of Tilburg. Her main research area is exploring innovative methods that involve the public in policy making and she is also currently Associate Professor for Public Engagement at the University of South Wales.