Ana FitzSimons

Ana FitzSimons
Research Leader
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in politics, University of East Anglia; M.A. in social and political theory, University of East Anglia; B.A. in sociology, University of Sussex


Ana FitzSimons is a research leader at RAND Europe working in the area of home affairs and social policy. She has 15 years' experience in research, evaluation, advocacy and capacity-building to promote justice, rights and equality. Her main research interests include human rights and gender equality, which she has pursued through various projects with high profile clients, including UN Agencies, the European Parliament and national government departments.

FitzSimons has broad methodological experience, from programme and policy evaluation (including experimental, quasi-experimental, realist, theory-based and participatory methods), to mixed-method international research studies, evidence reviews and cost benefit analyses. She is highly committed to producing useful evidence on what works to improve people's lives and promote human flourishing, and to shortening the loop between high quality evidence and decision-making through effective communication and advocacy.

Recent Projects

  • Peer Review of UNICEF's evaluation function
  • Study on financial independence and gender equality in the EU
  • Evaluation of Alternative Provision Specialist Taskforces
  • Evaluation of SAFE Taskforces