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Bob Erens

Associate Professor
and Deputy Director, PIRU

Room
Room 135

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

Tel.
+44 (0)20 7927 2784

I have over 35 years experience of applied health and social research and policy evaluation, with a particular focus on survey and evaluation methods. Before joining LSHTM, I worked at the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) in the UK, where I was director of the Health Research Group and the Survey Methods Unit.

At NatCen, I worked on a wide range of topics, and was involved in a number of challenging and innovative studies, including the National Survey of Sexual Attitudes & Lifestyles, the first survey on the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in Britain, a survey on the prevalence of elder abuse in England, and a study on the diet of low income households. For several years, I directed both the Health Survey for England and the National Patient Experience Survey programme.

I am currently Deputy Director of the Department of Health & Social Care funded Policy Innovation & Evaluation Research Unit (PIRU), a collaboration between LSHTM, LSE and Imperial College. I am a Trustee of the Social Research Association and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

Affiliations

Faculty of Public Health and Policy
Department of Health Services Research and Policy

Research

My research interests are in the rigorous evaluation of policy pilots and other health initiatives in England, with a particular emphasis on the use of surveys within policy evaluation.  

My current PIRU projects include evaluations of the Integrated Care and Support Pioneers and the Heatwave Plan for England, along with a study looking at the financing of social care for older people. I am also involved in a project looking at improving quality in general practice in the UK. 

I maintain a strong interest in survey methodology, and where possible design methodological experiments into the surveys being used in our evaluations.

Research Area
Health policy
Health services research
Public health
Sexual health
Impact evaluation
Methodology
Discipline
Social Sciences
Social Policy
Country
United Kingdom

Selected Publications

Improving the quality of general practice services in the UK: Surveying the activities of GPs and practice managers (abstract & commentary).
Gosling J; Mays N; Erens B; Reid D; Taylor W; Griffiths P
2018
International journal of nursing studies
Health status, sexual activity and satisfaction among older people in Britain: A mixed methods study.
Erens B; Mitchell KR; Gibson L; Datta J; Lewis R; Field N; Wellings K
2018
PloS one
Using the Web to Collect Data on Sensitive Behaviours: A Study Looking at Mode Effects on the British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles.
Burkill S; Copas A; Couper MP; Clifton S; Prah P; Datta J; Conrad F; Wellings K; Johnson AM; Erens B
2016
PloS one
Men who have sex with men in Great Britain: comparing methods and estimates from probability and convenience sample surveys.
Prah P; Hickson F; Bonell C; McDaid LM; Johnson AM; Wayal S; Clifton S; Sonnenberg P; Nardone A; Erens B
2016
Sexually transmitted infections
Integrated care and support Pioneers: Indicators for measuring the quality of integrated care
Raleigh, V. B.M., Smith, P. Wistow, G. Wittenberg, R. Erens, B. N
2014
Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU)
Nonprobability web surveys to measure sexual behaviors and attitudes in the general population: a comparison with a probability sample interview survey.
Erens B; Couper MP; Conrad F; Clifton S; Tanton C; Phelps A; Datta J; Mercer CH; Sonnenberg P; Prah P
2014
Journal of medical Internet research
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