Joanna Hofman

Joanna Hofman, H0712
Research Leader
Cambridge Office


M.Econ.Sc. in European economics and public affairs, University College Dublin, Ireland; M.A. in international relations, Warsaw University, Poland

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Joanna Hofman is a research leader at RAND Europe conducting research on employment and social inclusion. She specialises in qualitative research methods of data collection and has extensive experience in designing and conducting in-depth interviews, focus groups and case studies. She managed a study for the UK Department for Work and Pensions and Department of Health on psychological wellbeing and work that recommended several policy options to help people with mental health needs find and maintain their jobs. Other examples include a study on the socio-economic inclusion of migrant EU workers, external evaluation of the European Programme for Integration and Migration and a study on innovative methods and procedures to assess counter-violent-radicalisation techniques in Europe.

Before joining RAND Europe, Hofman worked as a senior evaluation consultant conducting numerous studies of public policies and programmes in the EU. Previously, she worked in Poland, where she was responsible for evaluating programmes financed from the European Social Fund. She represented Poland at the Local Employment and Economic Development Programme at the OECD and at the Directorate-General for Employment and Social Affairs of the European Commission. She has carried out several trainings for public sector clients—including the European Institute for Public Administration and Cambridge University—on evaluation approaches, research designs, methods and techniques.

Hofman holds an M.A. in international relations and an M.Econ.Sc. in European economics and public affairs. She is a member of the Polish Evaluation Society, the Social Research Association, and the European Evaluation Society.

Recent Projects

  • Workplace Wellbeing Charter - Analysis of Take-Up and Impact
  • Socio-economic inclusion of migrant EU workers in four cities
  • Provision of data analysis & intelligence on skills and labour markets
  • Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes
  • An evaluation of the Atlantic Philanthropies Migration Programme

Selected Publications

Harte, E., J. Hofman, and A. Sikiaridi, The Role of the European Social Fund in Supporting Childcare Provision in the European Union, RAND (RR-1364), 2016 (forthcoming)

Janta, B., J. Hofman, E. Harte, S. Hoorens, Socio-economic inclusion of migrant EU workers in 4 cities, City report Leeds, European Commission, 2015

Cancedda, A., M. Curtarelli, S. Hoorens, T. Viertelhauzen, and J. Hofman, Socio-economic inclusion of migrant EU workers in 4 cities. Synthesis Report, European Commission, 2015

Hofman, J., J. Exley, T. Bienkowska-Gibbs, S. Castle-Clarke, M. Morgan Jones, V. Van Dyck, S. Gonzalo, J. Corbett, F. Lejeune, and E. Nolte, Evaluation of the implementation of the Commission Communication 'Combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and the neighbouring countries, 2009-2013', European Commission, 2014

van Stolk, C., J. Hofman, M. Hafner, and B. Janta, Psychological wellbeing and work: improving service provision and outcomes, DWP, 2014

Stronkowski P., A. Matejczuk, M. Zych, M. Andrzejewska and J. Hofman, Analiza programu prac spolecznie uzytecznych w wojewodztwie podlaskim, Wojewodzki Urzad Pracy w Bialymstoku, 2012

Hofman J. "Evaluating the policies of the European Union in Poland," in A. Fouquet and L. Measson, L'evaluation des politiques publiques en Europe. Cultures et futurs, L'Harmattan, 2009

Hofman J. "Regional Differences in Following Active Labour Market Policy in Poland," in Larsen L.B., Working Regions, Conference Proceedings of the Regional Study Association of the Winter Conference, Regional Study Association, 2008

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Europe 2014 President's Award for conducting high-quality research and analysis
  • Scholarship for national government officials of new Member States, Irish Government
  • Chevening Scholarship, British Government


  • Woman sitting on couch at home using mobile phone

    Thinking Outside the Box to Find Solutions to Mental Health Problems

    Many innovative ways to deliver mental health services in the UK aim to benefit individuals, industry, government, and the economy.

    Oct 19, 2016 The BMJ

  • Young mother working with her baby

    What Is Being Done in Europe to Get Mothers Back to Work?

    Helping mothers get back to work has many benefits. It supports women's economic independence, helps reduce the gender pay gap, and boosts the economy. Perhaps most importantly, it could keep more children out of poverty.

    Apr 26, 2016

  • A woman works at a Polish delicatessen in Grays, Britain, December 11, 2015

    Are EU Migrants Over-Qualified for the Jobs They Do?

    Debates on EU mobility are focused on what EU migrants take away from their host countries, and the costs they may bring taxpayers. What may be ignored is the contribution migrants bring to local labor markets and how this can grow if they have jobs that make the most of their skills.

    Feb 24, 2016 EurActiv

  • depressed woman at work

    Finding Work for Those with Common Mental Health Problems

    Employment has distinct health and wider personal benefits for people with common mental health problems and it is also associated with lower healthcare utilization, benefit savings, and income tax gains for the UK Government.

    Jan 20, 2014 The RAND Blog