Evaluating neighbourhood based policies using Secondary Data: the Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder Programme
This research contributes to methodological developments in policy evaluation via natural experiments. We evaluated one local initiative, the Pathfinder Programme using secondary data that were not collected for this purpose. Using the British Household Panel Survey (BHPS) grid reference data and intervened areas postcodes, we identified the intervention areas before and after the programme along with appropriate matched control areas, and estimated the causal effects of the programme on broad range of individual outcomes. We used a difference-in-difference approach and compared changes in the intervention and control areas across 8 years. The research showed that the pathfinder programme had positive effects on individuals’ neighbourhood problems and reported housing problems, including reductions in reported street noise, pollution, crime and vandalism, and house condensation and damp walls. These outcomes were the initially targeted outcomes of the intervention and were found to be short-lived as they vanished after four years. However, the pathfinder programme had long term significant and positive impact on the frequency of talking to neighbours, which was not an intended outcome.
Sandy Tubeuf is Associate Professor in Health Economics at the University of Leeds. She designs and delivers the health economic component on several landmark trials conducting evaluations of the cost-effectiveness of health interventions and using applied econometrics methods on large data. Her research portfolio includes interventions in mental health, public health and other complex interventions. She has a special interest for the study of health inequalities, inequalities of opportunities, and policy evaluations in general. In 2015, she was awarded a Leverhulme Research fellowship and worked on evaluating neighbourhood based policies using the BHPS Grid Reference Data. She has published more than 40 articles and book chapters.