Dr Stephen

Dr Stephen Boxford

Director and Head of Research

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  • stephenboxford@cordisbright.co.uk
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Steve leads Cordis Bright’s research team. He has a demonstrable track-record of delivering high profile projects to time, budget and specification.


“It’s a privilege to work with clients across the public and voluntary and community sectors on a range of innovative projects, programmes and services which improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and adults across England and Wales.”


Steve has recently led a range of high profile research, evaluation and consultancy projects for:

  • Central government departments, e.g. the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Youth Justice Board, Department for Education and Welsh Government.
  • Local authorities, e.g. Steve has worked with over 50 local authorities across England and Wales.
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups and Commissioning Support Units, e.g. Steve is currently supporting the delivery of NHS England New Care Model programme evaluations including evaluations of Multi-specialty Community Provider, Acute Care Collaboration, Urgent and Emergency Care, and Enhanced Care in Care Home Vanguards.
  • Offices of Police and Crime Commissioners, e.g. Steve has supported OPCCs with research, evaluation, needs assessment and commissioning support concerning victims, restorative justice approaches and innovative approaches to reducing reoffending.
  • Regulators and evidence hubs, e.g. Steve has recently supported clients including the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the Early Intervention Foundation and the Office of the Children’s Commissioner.
  • Voluntary and community sector organisations, e.g. Steve has recently supported large not-for-profit providers of adult social care as well as organisations supporting young people with a learning disability and a number of organisations which aim to improve outcomes for victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence and violence against women and girls.

Steve is skilled and experienced at delivering projects through multi-agency partnerships involving local authorities, NHS and voluntary and community sector organisations. Steve has successfully delivered projects across Cordis Bright’s service offer. Examples are provided below:

  • Children and young people’s services: Steve has delivered research, evaluation and needs assessments on topics including: childcare and early education, vulnerable children and families, missing children, children and young people with learning and physical disabilities, children and young people on the “edge of care”, those experiencing bullying, mental health, and substance misuse issues, trafficked children and children who are victims of modern slavery. Steve has recently led a number of evaluations of the Department for Education Social Innovation Programme including innovative approaches to supporting young people who may be at risk of accessing acute CAMHS. He has supported clients by delivering toolkits which have been embedded to help them to demonstrate the impact of their services on children and young people’s outcomes. Steve has also recently been involved in projects that assess the evidence base for what works in early intervention.
  • Criminal justice: Steve has led on research for the Early Intervention Foundation on reviewing risk and protective factors for young people’s involvement in serious youth violence and gangs. He has also delivered a longitudinal evaluation of an innovative multi-agency Gang Prevention Programme. He has conducted a number of strategic needs assessments and evaluations in relation to Violence Against Women and Girls, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence. He has also delivered research for the Ministry of Justice into how evidence is generated, disseminated and used in the criminal justice system.
  • Health: As well as leading the delivery of NHS England Vanguard evaluations, Steve has also led a number of innovative integrated health and social care programmes including evaluations of intermediate care programmes, a review and options appraisal concerning intermediate care beds, an evaluation of a resilience, escalation planning and surge management team, and an evaluation of an integrated assistive technology programme.
  • Adult social care: Steve's work has included a focus on innovative initiatives for older people, people with a disability, people with mental health issues, people who are homeless, people with substance misuse issues and people with a physical disability. Steve has also conducted a range of market intelligence research for large not for profit providers of adult social care services and has supported them with their strategic planning.

Steve has a BA from Oxford and an MPhil and PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was also an Economic and Social Research Council Post-doctoral Fellow.

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