Ruth Francis


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Research Fellow

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Ruth Francis re-joined the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) in June 2017, having previously worked for IES in 2007-2010.

Ruth has nine years’ experience as a social and market researcher, spanning: education, skills and careers; children and young people; the voluntary sector; health and wellbeing; criminal justice.

Past projects at IES included a two year national study of jobseekers’ experiences for DWP, a Home Office project investigating the impact of HR policies on female and black and minority ethnic police officers, and research with senior NHS clinicians about future NHS skills needs.

Previously, Ruth worked for Chrysalis Research on evaluations of corporate social responsibility, and health and education projects for large private sector, public sector and third sector organisations. These included project managing the evaluation of Sky Sports’ Living for Sport education programme in the Republic of Ireland and project managing research into seafarers’ learning at sea for Marine Society.

Ruth is a mixed methods researcher, with particular strength in qualitative research. She has extensive experience of designing and running online forums, conducting literature reviews, facilitating focus groups and interviewing participants ranging from vulnerable people to high net worth individuals. Ruth is also experienced in writing surveys and building them in Survey Monkey and in conducting primary and secondary numerical analysis. Ruth writes perceptively about government policy and social issues and is adept at handling complex and sensitive topics.

Ruth speaks French and is a member of the Market Research Society and the Social Research Association.



Senior Researcher, Chrysalis Research


Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies



University of York

BA Hons English Literature and History

Research publications