Joanna Hofman

Joanna Hofman
Associate Director
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 (she/her) is associate director at RAND Europe conducting research in the fields of employment and social policy. She specialises in process and impact evaluations drawing on various research designs (from experimental to mixed methods) and approaches (e.g. theory-based, realist evaluations). She has led several evaluations of randomised controlled trials funded by the UK Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and recently led a series of evidence reviews on employment, welfare and pensions for DWP. She carried out a review on health and work research funding and on in-work progression (also for DWP), and studies on incentives for parents with young children to work, on binding pay-transparency measures, and on high-quality job creation for the European Parliament. She completed several projects on gender equality for the European Institute for Gender Equality.

Before joining RAND Europe, Hofman worked as a senior evaluation consultant with Coffey International Development, conducting studies of public policies and programmes in the EU. Earlier, she head of the European Social Fund Evaluation and Monitoring Unit. She also represented Poland at the Local Employment and Economic Development Programme at the OECD and at the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.

She has carried out several training courses on evaluation approaches, designs and methods. She is a member of the Polish Evaluation Society, Social Research Association, and European Evaluation Society.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the Innovation Fund Trials
  • Green jobs and skills development for disadvantaged groups
  • Evidence reviews with qualitative research (contracting out employment services, digitalising welfare services, State Pension age, Household formation and Living Together Fraud)
  • Evaluation of the Individual Placement and Support for Alcohol and Drug Dependency (IPS-AD) Trial
  • After Parental Leave: Incentives for Parents with Young Children to Return to the Labour Market

Selected Publications

Hofman, J., Bruckmayer, M., Feyerabend, K., Larmour, S., Reed, M. and Lymperis, L., Green jobs and skills development for disadvantaged groups, RAND Corporation (RR-A1603-11) (forthcoming)

Hofman, J., Picken, P., Hutchinson, J., Harris, A., Stewart, K. and Disley, E., The Individual Placement and Support for alcohol and drug dependence (IPS-AD) trial: Process evaluation report., RAND Corporation (forthcoming)

Dunkerley, F., Bruckmayer, M., Flemons, L., Hofman, J., Virdee, M., Wright, S. and Hogarth, T., Labour market and skills demand horizon scanning and future scenarios: Research report., Department for Education, 2022

Hofman, J., Nightingale, M., Bruckmayer, M., de Silva, A., Picken, N., Kunertova, L., After Parental Leave: Incentives for Parents with Young Children to Return to the Labour Market, European Parliament, Luxembourg, 2020

Hofman, J., Barberi, M., Butkute, M., Caturianas, D., Sacher, M., Dimova, S., Stewart, K., Ensuring high-quality job creation from EU funding programmes: How can the best practice of Horizon 2020 be better integrated into other programmes (ESF, Youth Guarantee, Globalisation Fund)? , European Parliament, 2018

van Stolk, C. and Hofman, J. "Transforming employment support for those with mental health problems," in Learning and Work Institute, Opportunity for all: Essays on transforming employment for disabled people and those with health conditions, Learning and Work Institute, 2017

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

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

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 and 2021 RAND Europe award for Quality Assurance, RAND Europe QA Team
  • 2014 RAND Europe President's Award for conducting high-quality research and analysis, President of RAND Europe
  • 2006 Chevening Scholarship, British Government


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