Associate Director

Sarah Snelson

Sarah Snelson

Sarah has been advising on the effectiveness and value for money of government policy since 2001.

Sarah is an Associate Director in Frontier’s public policy practice. She is driven by her desire to tackle the central economic question of public policy, namely how to allocate scarce government funding to best effect.

She has substantial expertise in assessing the impact and value for money of policy on firms, public sector organisations, markets, localities and individuals. Her particular passion is for disentangling the effect of policy in cases where the counterfactual is far from obvious, using a combination of econometric techniques and qualitative analysis.

She has led evaluation projects for all major government departments but has focused her efforts in the area of education and skills and their link to labour market outcomes.

Sarah has examined the role of the private sector in delivering education and training as well as analysing how and where markets work in delivering education and skills outcomes. She has also analysed the incentives and rewards created by funding and regulation, the question of what constitutes value for money from education and skills acquisition as well as evaluating the impact of specific skills policies.


If you could gain one quality or ability, what would it be?

The ability to be in two places at the same time

What was the last book you read?

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Where/When would you go to in a time machine?

20 years into the future to see my children all grown up