Sarah Ball

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Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office


B.A. (Hons) in psychology, University of Nottingham; Ph.D. in psychology, University of Cambridge


Sarah Ball is a senior analyst at RAND Europe with a research focus on health and healthcare. In her time at RAND Europe, she has contributed to a range of research projects in the area of health services delivery, including NIHR funded studies on a ‘telephone first’ approach to demand management in general practice in England, strategies to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of outpatient services, and understanding how the NHS can advance community hospitals and services in England. She has also gained experience in programme evaluation in the healthcare setting.

Ball has a long-standing interest in research ethics and chairs the RAND Europe Research Ethics Group. In addition to work on healthcare related topics, she has also been involved studies exploring best practices with respect to the processes involved in the prioritisation, design and conduct of research and evaluation projects. Prior to joining RAND Europe, Ball worked as a research associate at the University of Cambridge, where her research focused on the particular health and social care needs of adults with intellectual disabilities.