Ockham IPS is a network organisation. We believe that policy research and evaluation can be much more efficiently conducted in alliance with like-minded network-type organisations. For each assignment, a team of specialists is composed according to the needs of the specific request. We therefore prefer to keep the organisation small, flexible, and with a low level of overhead, management costs, while maintaining high quality standards. Our team is composed of experienced researchers and consultants. They have worked in different national and international projects for a wide range of clients. They all have a strong academic background and are passionate about doing policy research helping governments and enterprises improving their performance.
Bert-Jan is senior consultant and managing partner at Ockham IPS. He is an experienced consultant, researcher, evaluator and project manager. He was responsible for the implementation of more than 70 projects over the last 13 years, for a wide range of clients (such as the European Commission, European Parliament, European Agencies, UNESCO, UNICEF, ILO and Member States). He has great experience monitoring and evaluating EU programmes (such as ESF, ERDF, LLP, Erasmus+ and INTERREG) doing ex ante, ongoing, and ex post evaluations, as well as impact assessments. He is an expert in the field of VET, labour market and employment, doing European wide studies, advising governments in setting up VET systems, writing articles, and giving workshops and lectures. He has an academic background in Economic Geography and previously worked as account manager for Research voor Beleid and Panteia.
Simon is senior consultant and managing partner at Ockham IPS. He was involved in more than 50 research and evaluation projects in the last ten years. These projects covered various fields including studies and evaluations related to education, training and lifelong learning, labour market and employment policies, cohesion policies, mobility, social security, culture and science. Simon is involved in these studies as researcher, expert, evaluator or project leader. Simon is the external consultant in the ET2020 Working Group in Adult Learning focusing on adult learning in the work place. He is editorial board member for the European Training Foundation and the E-Platform for Adult Learning in Europe. He has a background in philosophy, with a minor in statistics.
Gert-Jan works as associate consultant with Ockham IPS and has 7 years of professional experience in the field of international public policy. He specialises in education and labour market policies and works for a wide range of clients such as the European Commission, UNESCO, UNICEF, and ILO. He is intimate with EU policymaking processes and regularly advises on EU Better Regulation procedures. He combines qualitative methods of research with his extensive experience in the collection, analysis and synthesis of quantitative data, for instance in the field of European Structural Funds. He has worked in various EU countries, Brazil, and (post-conflict) countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Anton Nijssen is associate senior consultant of Ockham IPS in the fields of public management (universities and research organizations) and of research in education. He studied sociology at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in methods of social research. In the eighties he accumulated a wide base of knowledge and experience as a policy researcher at various institutes. In 1987 he became director of the, then leading, private institute for policy research in the Netherlands (Research voor Beleid, Leiden), followed by a position as director of SCO Kohnstamm Institute (educational science; University of Amsterdam). On behalf of the University of Amsterdam he also created ‘Liaison Office’, an agency for developing strategies for both research funding and technology transfer. Nijssen has been working as a freelance consultant since 2004. He has worked for many clients in government and higher education, amongst which most of the Dutch Ministries (Education, Foreign Affairs, Security & Justice, Defense, Interiors, Economic Affairs, and Social Affairs) the European Commission, the World Bank and the European network for university directors and administrators, HUMANE. Quite a number of his projects were dedicated to developments in higher education & research, and to the professionalization of the management and governance of public organizations. Over the years he has become an expert in the management of professional organizations, with a keen interest in the development of operational R&D policies and knowledge dissemination.
Elsien van Pinxteren
Elsien works as Junior Researcher and Consultant at Ockham IPS. She holds a B.A. degree van Cambridge University, UK, where she focused on Middle Eastern Studies and Identity Politics. She furthered advanced her studies by obtaining a M.A. degree from Harvard University at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. Here she focused on Gender Studies, Human and Humanitarian Rights, and Nationalism. For her studies she was granted a Fulbright Scholarship and awarded the Netherlands Fulbright Alumni Association Award.
Upon completion of her degree Elsien participated in an AT program; here she worked as a Meta Data Specialist at Harvard University’s Harvard Widener Library. Within Ockham IPS she is involved in a number of studies in the field of volunteering and evaluations of ESF programmes.
Gregor Walz works as associated consultant for Ockham IPS in the field of international policy evaluation and analysis as part of the Ockham IPS team. Gregor holds a B.A. degree in sociology from the University of Warwick, UK, and an M.A. degree in European studies and transatlantic relations from the universities of Bath, UK and Washington, US, whereby he focused on comparative analysis of EU and US policy discourses. His practical research experience stretches from international research on professional qualification systems in Europe to carrying out a comparative assessment of labour market programmes in different EU member states and more recently to reporting on issues of fundamental rights in the Netherlands. He has worked for clients at European Union level, such as the European Commission, Cedefop and the Fundamental Rights Agency and at national level in the Netherlands and the UK. In his position as research team leader of the organisation Art.1 he was responsible for setting up the urban centre of expertise IDEM Rotterdam, aimed at developing a local knowledge and research infrastructure in cooperation with educational institutes and civil society. In this position he has built up direct experience of knowledge and information management in a local practical setting. His international background means that Gregor can switch easily between different working languages: German is his mother tongue and his proficiency in English and Dutch can be described as near-native.