Jessica Shields

Jessica is an experienced social researcher and a specialist in evaluation. She has extensive experience in working with vulnerable groups in third sector research and evaluation roles with specialised expertise in mental health, financial capability and process and impact evaluation. Her current work focuses on welfare and service provision and evaluation of education initiatives.

Jessica joined Rocket Science in 2021 following four years as a Senior Research with ScotCen Social Research. Jessica has also worked in the third sector for Age Scotland and Mental Health Foundation.

MSc Educational Studies and Science Communication, University of Glasgow

BSc Genetics, University of Glasgow

Specialist areas

  • Mental Health
  • Financial Capability
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Impact and process evaluation
  • Qualitative and quantitative research and analysis
  • Literature and evidence reviews
  • Project management


  • Mapping and review of welfare rights and debt advice in Edinburgh
  • Mapping hyperlocal early years support services in selected locations in Scotland
  • Understanding YGAM’s impact and progress to meet its social purpose

Little weaknesses

  • Would always rather be upside-down dangling from a trapeze
  • Fancy coffee
  • Double Deckers