Coronavirus (COVID-19): Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group


The overarching aim of the group is to bring together evidence to inform Scotland’s recovery from COVID-19. The group will run for a period of two years and includes a mix of internal and external members. It is chaired by Professor Linda Bauld (Scottish Government Chief Social Policy Adviser).

Components of the group’s activities will include:

  • assessing the scale of the impact of the pandemic across sectors and population groups
  • synthesising evaluation evidence relating to policy and community responses to the pandemic, to distil learning for approaches as part of recovery
  • identifying key evidence gaps and advising on how these may be addressed
  • reviewing international experience including how other countries are approaching their recovery strategies, and identifying implications for the Scottish context


  • Linda Bauld, Chief Social Policy Adviser (Scottish Government), and Professor of Public Health (University of Edinburgh) (Chair)
  • Andrew Watson, Director for Budget and Sustainability, Scottish Government
  • Audrey MacDougall, Chief Researcher, Scottish Government
  • Gary Gillespie, Chief Economist, Scottish Government
  • Mary McAllan, Director for Covid Recovery, Scottish Government
  • Jennie Barugh, Director of Performance and Outcomes, Scottish Government
  • Michael Kellet, Director of Population Health, Scottish Government
  • Andrew Kerr, Chair of SOLACE
  • Claire Sweeney, Director of Place and Wellbeing, Public Health Scotland
  • Emily Lynch, Programme Manager for Performance Management and Benchmarking, Improvement Service
  • Jim McCormick, Chief Executive, Robertson Trust
  • Nick Watson, Professor of Disability Studies, University of Glasgow
  • Nicola Dickie, Director of People Policy and Health and Social Care, COSLA
  • Patricia Findlay, Professor of Work Employment and Organisation, University of Strathclyde
  • Sarah Davidson, Chief Executive, Carnegie UK
  • Sarah Skerratt, Chief Executive, RSE
  • Steven Marwick, Director, Evaluation Support Scotland
  • Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy, University of Edinburgh
  • Vittal Katikireddi, Professor of Public Health, University of Glasgow
  • Tom Lamplugh, Head of Social Policy Unit, Scottish Government (Secretariat for the Covid-19 Learning and Evaluation Group)


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Learning and Evaluation Oversight Group: terms of reference

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