Jack Pollard

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Analyst and Health Economist
Cambridge Office


M.Sc. in economics and health economics, University of Sheffield; B.A. in economics, University of Sheffield


Jack Pollard is a health economist and analyst at RAND Europe, working in the area of innovation, health and science. As part of his role he is also a member of the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR) and the Birmingham, RAND and Cambridge Evaluation Centre (BRACE).

Pollard has strong quantitative analysis skills, with experience handling large and complicated datasets, analysing secondary data and applying econometric techniques. He also has experience in wider health services research, with a particular interest in health economic modelling. Beyond quantitative analysis, he has experience in qualitative research, undertaking literature reviews, conducting interviews, facilitating workshops and focus groups, and designing, programming and analysing surveys.

At RAND Europe his research to date has considered health care funding options for cancer treatments, examined the economic impact of physical inactivity and poor indoor climate, investigated the effect of loss-framed incentive on physical activity, studied the labour pool of the Cambridge region, and evaluated quality improvement initiatives in health and care. He is currently working on the outcome evaluation of the Liaison and Diversion scheme and the economic modelling of the future cancer workforce in England.

He was awarded a studentship from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to study for an M.Sc. in economics and health economics at the University of Sheffield, where he graduated with distinction.

Previous Positions

Research Assistant

Recent Projects

  • Making outcome-based payments a reality in the NHS: Phase 2
  • Economic modelling of the future cancer workforce in England
  • Outcome evaluation of Liaison and Diversion programme
  • Independent evaluation of the Flow Coaching Programme

Selected Publications

Cole, A., P. Cubi-Molla, J. Pollard, D. Sim, R. Sullivan, J. Sussex & P. Lorgelly, Making Outcome-Based Payment a Reality in the NHS, Cancer Research UK, 2019

Gehrt, D., M. Hafner, L. Hocking, E. Gkousis, P. Smith & J. Pollard, Poor indoor climate, its impact on child health, and the wider societal costs, RAND Corporation (RR-3256), 2019

Hafner, M., J. Pollard & C. van Stolk, Incentives and physical activity: An assessment of the association between Vitality's Active Rewards with Apple Watch benefit and sustained physical activity improvements, RAND Corporation (RR-2870), 2018

Janta, B., S. Dimova, J. Pollard & J. Belanger, Skills demand in the Cambridge area: Attracting and retaining skills, RAND Corporation (RR-2562), 2018

Liberati, E., M. Sim, J. Pollard & T. Ling, Independent evaluation of the Q Improvement Lab: Final Report, RAND Corporation (RR-2632), 2018

Whitmore, M., K. Stewart, J. Pollard, J. van Belle, M. Yang & C. van Stolk, Promising practices for health and wellbeing at work: A review of the evidence landscape, RAND Corporation (RR-2409), 2018

Yang, M., J. Pollard, G. Bryn, S. Marjanovic & J. Sussex, Evaluating the impact of the Eastern Academic Health Science Network Transformation Support Unit, RAND Corporation (RR-2639), 2018

Honors & Awards

  • Studentship to study M.Sc. Economics & Health Economics, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)