Vanessa Baxter

Senior Research Officer
School of Health and Social Care
 Vanessa Baxter



Vanessa is a Senior Research Officer with extensive experience of research and evaluation within industry and local government. Vanessa has been a Certified Member of the Market Research Society since 1994. While working for Essex County Council for nearly 20 years, Vanessa undertook a wide variety of research, evaluation and engagement projects for a range of services including Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care and Public Health. This has included supporting projects involving looked after children, young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), carers, bus services and libraries. She now leads on external collaborative research and service evaluations as part of her role as a Senior Researcher for the Health and Care Research Service.


  • BA (Hons) 2:1 in European Studies (French and Spanish) University of Bath, (1986)


University of Essex

  • Senior Researcher, Health & Social Care, University of Essex (5/11/2018 - present)


Journal articles (1)

Cox, P., McPherson, S., Mason, C., Ryan, M. and Baxter, V., (2020). Reducing Recurrent Care Proceedings: Building a Local Evidence Base in England. Societies. 10 (4), 88-88

Grants and funding


Independent evaluation of Strengthening Families Service, Salford

Strengthening Families Service

Evaluation of the YMCA project in Southend: 'Our Voice, Our Passions, Our Future'

Southend YMCA

EVALUATION: Qualitative evaluation of the Thurrock health information app for parents TEDDI

Thurrock Council

Proposal for Evaluation of Community Music project

Community Music Ltd

Evaluation of Communities 360 Dementia Friendly Projects


Proposal to Evaluate the �Step Together� Service run by Venus Charity, Sefton, Merseyside (Year 3 - Oct 2019 to Sept 2020; Year 4 � Oct 2020 to Sept 2021)

Venus Charity


Evaluation of HomeStart Essex peer researcher project on perinatal information, advice and guidance pathways

Home-Start Essex

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