Sarah Snelson

Sarah Snelson

Sarah has been advising the public and private sectors on the effectiveness and value for money of government policy since 2001.

Sarah is a Director in Frontier’s public policy practice. She has substantial expertise in assessing the impact and value for money of government policy on firms, public sector organisations, markets, localities and individuals. She particularly enjoys finding ways to measure and understand the effect of policy in complex cases where the counterfactual is far from obvious and analysing the impact of competition within public sector markets or of public policy on private markets.

Sarah has led projects covering the remits of all major government departments including the justice system, labour markets, regional growth, community infrastructure, health and culture but has a particular focus on two policy areas i) education and skills and ii) data and digital.

Sarah has analysed the incentives and rewards created by education and skills funding and regulation, the question of what constitutes value for money from education and skills acquisition as well as evaluating the impact of specific skills policies. She has also assessed the use of skills taxonomies to assist with planning skills provision and analysed the extent to which markets work effectively to deliver skills outcomes in further education and qualifications.

Sarah has assessed the impact of digital technologies on economic growth, labour markets and consumers, sought to measure the returns to government policy interventions in the digital space and analysed the impact of policies and regulations in the data and digital space (including data protection, data sharing, data localisation and AI). She has also worked extensively on data policy from considering how to value different types of data including geospatial data to the types of policy intervention that might lead to enhanced data sharing.