Tom Ling

L03151 Tom Ling
Senior Research Leader and Head of Evaluation
Cambridge Office

Education

Ph.D. in British government, M.A. in political theory, University of Essex; M.A. in social and political sciences, University of Cambridge

Media Resources

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Overview

Tom Ling is a senior research leader at RAND Europe. He leads evaluations and applied research focused on the key challenges facing organisations in health, well-being, and development.

Before re-joining RAND, Ling was head of Impact Innovation and Evidence at Save the Children where his responsibilities included ensuring that evaluations contribute to policy and change in the challenging environment of international development. Prior to Save the Children, Ling spent ten years at RAND Europe as director for Evaluation and Performance Audit following four years as senior research fellow at the National Audit Office in the UK. Before that he taught and researched in various universities.

He has over 20 years' experience contributing to research projects with the European Commission, Save the Children, UK government departments, the National Audit Office, the Health Foundation in the UK and many others. He has published widely on evaluation, accountability, and related topics. He recently co-edited Performance Audit: Contributing to Accountability in Democratic Government (London: Edward Elgar), following his Performance Audit Handbook and The Evidence Book, a critical examination of the use of evidence in public policy and service delivery.

Ling is Professor (Emeritus) at Anglia Ruskin University, an honorary senior visiting research fellow at University of Cambridge, and a member of the Health Foundation College of Assessors. He studied economics and politics at Cambridge University and completed a Ph.D. in government at Essex University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

College of Assessors, the Health Foundation; Principal Investigator, Behaviour and Health Research Unit, University of Cambridge; Professor (Emeritus) Anglia Ruskin University

Previous Positions

Senior Research Fellow, National Audit Office

Recent Projects

  • Evaluating the UK Integrated Care Pilots
  • Evaluating the health innovation system in the UK
  • Estabilshing a framework for evaluating counter violent radicalisation programs
  • Evaluating Project Q - a platform for health improvement in the UK

Selected Publications

Stephanie Diepeveen, Tom Ling, Marc Suhrcke, Martin Roland, Theresa M Marteau, "Public acceptability of government intervention to change health-related behaviours: a systematic review and narrative synthesis," International Journal of Integrated Care, 2013

Tom Ling "Achieving equality at scale through system transformation; evaluating system change," in Kim Forss and Mita Marra, Speaking Justice to Power Ethical and Methodological Challenges for Evaluators Comparative Policy Evaluation, Transaction Press, 2013

T Ling, "Evaluating complex and unfolding interventions in real time," Evaluation, 18(1):75-87, 2012

El Turabi A, Hallsworth M, Ling T, and Grant J, "A novel performance monitoring framework for health research systems: experiences of the National Institute for Health Research in England," Health Research Policy and Systems, 9(13), 2011

Tom Ling and Jeremy Lonsdale, Performance Auditing and Accountability to Parliament in the UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Tom Ling and Ann Raven, "Pharmogenetics and Uncertainty: Implications for Policy Makers," Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 37(3), 2006

David Melzer et al., "Pharmacogenetics: Policy Needs for Personal Prescribing," Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, 10(1), 2005

Tom Ling, "Ex Ante Evaluation and the Changing Public Audit Function: The Scenario Planning Approach," Evaluation, 9(4), 2003

Honors & Awards

  • Senior Research Associate, Behaviour and Health Research Unit, University of Cambridge, University of Cambridge
  • Professor (Emeritus) in Public Policy, Anglia Ruskin University

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC

Commentary

  • Blue abstract mesh of connecting lines

    Is Cross-Disciplinary Working the Way Forward to Improve Evaluation?

    Working within a single discipline might help identify how to make an existing system work better, but a cross-disciplinary conversation might help determine how to make better systems.

    Dec 23, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • The distribution of 40,000 litres of water is seen among in El Srief, North Darfur, July 25, 2011

    A New Approach to Managing Aid Agencies

    The current approach to managing aid agencies is confused due to two opposing forces: a results-based approach to management and an emphasis on the need to achieve systemic changes and transform underlying constraints.

    Dec 18, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • Syrian refugee students raise their hands as they attend class in a UNICEF school at the Al Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan, March 11, 2015

    Help Syria Avoid a 'Lost Generation'

    Young Syrian refugees are brimming with potential, but lack the educational and livelihood pathways through which to channel their energy and aspirations. As the international community looks for ways to end the violence in the region, it must not overlook the plight or the potential of these children.

    Jul 17, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • Public: Leaner, Fitter, Meaner?

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Public: Leaner, Fitter, Meaner?, in The Guardian.

    Jan 4, 2007 The Guardian

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