Natalie Picken

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M.Phil. in early modern history, University of Cambridge; B.A. in history, University of Cambridge


Natalie Picken (she/her) is an analyst at RAND Europe, working in the area of home affairs and social policy. She has research interests and experience in research projects spanning employment, criminal justice systems, child and family policy, and education. Methodologically, Picken has experience in programme and progress evaluation, qualitative data collection and analysis, conducting interviews (including with vulnerable populations), and developing theories of change.

She has an M.Phil. in early modern history and a B.A. in history, both from the University of Cambridge, and her previous research focused on the role of music in sixteenth-century religious change. Prior to RAND, Picken worked in the advisory team of a charity giving advice to groups setting up new state schools.

Recent Projects

  • Process evaluation of the Individualised Placement and Support in drug and alcohol services RCT (IPS-AD)
  • European Platform for Investing in Children
  • Evaluation of IPS Grow
  • Evaluation of Routes 2 Change pilot
  • Process evaluation of AssetPlus

Selected Publications

Natalie Picken, Kerry Baker, Camilla d'Angelo, Clement Fays, Alex Sutherland, Process Evaluation of AssetPlus, (RR-3177-YJB), 2019

Natalie Picken, Barbara Janta, Leave Policies and Practice for Non-Traditional Families, , 2019

Lucy Hocking, Natalie Picken, Tom Ling, Assessing the Landscape and Future Actions for Quality Improvement in the Veterinary Sector The Insights, Expectations and Aspirations of the Profession, , 2019


  • Lesbian couple view ultrasound of their baby, photo by Teraphim/Getty Images

    What the First-Ever EU LGBTIQ Strategy Means for Rainbow Families with Children

    Rainbow families can face challenges because of ongoing discrimination against LGBTIQ people. The first-ever EU strategy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, nonbinary, intersex, and queer equality unveiled in November sets out actions and initiatives to ensure the safety and equal rights of LGBTIQ people in the EU.

    Dec 21, 2020 EU Observer