Helen Jackson

Analytic and Research Support

Indicative services

My specific experience is in environmental economics and policy, particularly energy, climate change and fisheries. Please see my CV page for the kinds of projects I have worked on as an indication of the services I can offer in these areas.

The rest of this page is a list of indicative services which are transferable to projects in other fields. They are not intended to be exclusive or exhaustive, so please enquire.

Coding, data analysis, visualisation

  • advanced mathematical and statistical skills
  • econometrics/regression modelling; experienced in use of R/S-PLUS
  • strong database and coding skills (SQL, perl, JavaScript), including object-oriented programming and databases
  • coding for analysis of non-tabular data and datasets which are too large/complex to be opened in Excel (e.g. microdata of large-scale social surveys)
  • experience of pattern recognition techniques and agent-based modelling
  • academic training in software and data modelling
  • exploratory data analysis
  • data visualisation

Coding

Coding skills can be a powerful asset for research projects: opening up the potential of statistical analysis, speeding up and repeating calculations and generating powerful graphics quickly and repeatedly. A piece of code can often be written in a fraction of the time to perform the same tasks as Excel, with greater power and flexibility, and with far less risk of error.

Data visualisation

Currently fluent in D3, happy to get up to speed with other tools as required. Web-based data visualisations can be used for internal communication, to generate graphics for client-facing outputs, or passed on to your web team for public sites.

Career example: using R and regression analysis to help the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to understand their inshore fishery landings data.

Research, reports, articles

Fact-finding and case building

I have extensive experience of collecting, organising and evaluating technical evidence from disparate sources; establishing facts and opinions from publications, the internet and knowledgeable individuals; summarising them accurately; and drawing from them to present evidence and form clear conclusions.

Written communication

I have co-authored dozens of client reports and have an acute sense of what makes a well-written, compelling document accessible to time-pressured readers.
My approach to writing is as follows:
  • highlight key messages clearly and effectively; identify provisional messages at an early stage
  • maintain clarity, structure, accuracy and fluency; understand the intended point of each paragraph
  • use a style suitable for the intended audience; stick to style guides and word limits
  • position technical details so as not to interrupt the flow of the text; be aware of cognitive load
  • deploy easily comprehended visual aids to present data
  • navigate through conflicting feedback with good prioritisation and a thorough understanding of the client's high level aims
I can use LaTeX where required.

Literature reviews

I have conducted many literature reviews and understand well how to appraise sources, extract relevant information, and summarise the state of knowledge of a topic.

Career example: Researching short notice articles for the Economist Intelligence Unit applying journalistic house style and word limit.

Executive support

I have contributed to dozens of project outputs summarising complex technical analysis for time-constrained policy-makers. This experience can be deployed for your organisation through:

Option appraisal

analysing and summarising the likely benefits, downsides and risks of different courses of action; appraising options over a range of criteria.

Policy and topic briefs, statistical digests

providing concise summaries of topics, indicators and statistics which may impact upon decisions and actions, highlighting the most relevant facts to your organisation.

Career example: Contributing to technical support on climate finance for the African Development Bank in response to the UN's High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing

Quality control

I understand that time pressure can allow errors to creep into outputs by even the most experienced professionals. A fresh eye can be invaluable in pre-empting challenge and making constructive suggestions.

These skills can be deployed on your project through:

Technical editing

editing drafts at an appropriate level of detail, including fact-checking, stress-testing, messaging and structure.

Document review

offering an overall opinion of a document's strengths and weaknesses, the validity of its arguments, the accuracy of its supporting evidence and its suitability for its intended audience.

Quantitative audit

checking data, figures, calculations and mathematical formulae within a document or spreadsheet; ensuring that conclusions drawn from them are reasonable; and suggesting further interpretations if apparent.

Career example: Reviewing outputs of colleagues on almost every project I've ever worked on!