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Molly Mayer

Molly Mayer

Researcher

Children and Families

Molly is a mixed-methods Researcher in the Children and Families team. Her research interests include parental leave policies, early years, and child and family poverty and inequality.

Molly’s recent qualitative work includes a study of parents’ experiences of claiming the childcare element of Universal Credit for Save the Children UK and a Nuffield Foundation funded investigation into the journeys of early years workers through the sector. She is currently involved in two Education Endowment Foundation randomised controlled trials of interventions to improve speech and language in early years: the Hanen Learning Language and Loving programme and the REAL programme. Molly has also worked on quantitative studies and evidence reviews, including an ESRC funded study into parental time use and wellbeing and a Department for Transport evidence review on advanced driver assistance systems.

Molly completed a master’s degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford. Here, she was trained in evaluation methodologies and studied the impact of changes to the Local Housing Allowance in England on child material deprivation. Prior to NatCen, Molly worked at the Canadian Association of Community Living researching medical assistance in dying policies. She has also worked for the Department of Sociology at McGill University where she investigated the impact of the availability of paternity leave on parents’ decisions to take leave after having a child. 

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