Simon Anderson

Simon Anderson Consulting
Independent Consultant

Simon Anderson Consulting
18 York Road
North Berwick
EH39 4LX
Tel: 07846 024508


Member of the SIPR-led team which will be undertaking a 4-year evaluation of police and fire reform on behalf of the Scottish Government.

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I am an applied policy researcher with a particular interest in issues relating to communities, crime and policing. I began my career working on local and national surveys of crime and policing at Edinburgh University and subsequently as a research manager within the Criminological Research Branch of the (then) Scottish Office (where I designed, commissioned and managed the Scottish Crime Survey). Between 1995 and 2014, I worked in agency settings – initially at System Three, where I was jointly responsible for establishing and managing its social research team, and between 2003 and 2014 at NatCen Social Research, where I was responsible for the launch of ScotCen and its emergence as Scotland’s leading resource for applied policy research.


In August 2014, I launched an independent consultancy aimed at helping organisations to design, commission, conduct and use research more effectively.


In the course of my career, I have been directly involved in a wide range of research projects of relevance to the work of SIPR. These include a mixed method study of police waiting time at court; qualitative studies of both young and older people’s attitudes towards crime and policing; a mixed method study of crime and policing in rural areas; a large-scale study of staff attitudes for Strathclyde Police; and Scottish Social Attitudes modules examining public attitudes towards anti-social behaviour, youth crime and police reform. My broader methodological experience ranges from the design, implementation and management of some of Scotland’s largest social surveys (including the Scottish Crime Survey) to wholly qualitative research and complex mixed method evaluation (most recently, examining the implementation of Community Payback Orders and associated reforms).


My wider experience includes a period as Acting Chief Executive of NatCen in 2008-9 and as a lay member of Court at the University of Stirling (on-going), where I chair the University Research Ethics Committee.




2014-present               Independent research consultant

2004-8; 2009-2014      Director, Scottish Centre for Social Research

2008-2009                   Acting Chief Executive, National Centre for Social Research

2003-2004                   Director, National Centre for Social Research, Scotland

2001-2003                   Director, NFO System Three Social Research

1998-2001                   Associate Director, NFO System Three Social Research

1995-1997                   Senior Researcher, NFO System Three Social Research

1991-1995                   Senior Research Officer, Scottish Office Central Research Unit

1990-1991                   Research Associate, University of Edinburgh


External Appointments and Memberships


Lay Member of Court and Chair of the University Ethics Committee, Stirling University

Member of ESRC Peer Review College


Selected publications

Anderson, S., Homes, A., Hutton, N., McConville, S.and Noble, S. (forthcoming) Evaluation of Community Payback Orders, Criminal Justice Social Work Reports and the Presumption Against Short Sentences. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services.

Anderson, S. and Platts, A. (2014) Evaluation of the Community Reintegration Project. Edinburgh: Scottish Government Justice Analytical Services.

Anderson, S. and McConville, S. (2013) Evaluation of Peer to Peer Education with Injecting Drug Users. NHS Health Scotland.

Anderson, S. and Ormston, R. (2010) Local issues, national concerns: public attitudes to antisocial behaviour in Scotland. Edinburgh: Scottish Government

Anderson, S. et al. (2005) Attitudes to Young People and Youth Crime in Scotland.  The Scottish Executive

Anderson, S. (2002) Qualitative research with criminal justice practitioners in support of the Normand Review of Criminal Justice System Objectives.. Edinburgh: The Scottish Executive.

Anderson, S. et al (2002) Public attitudes towards sentencing and alternatives to imprisonment in Scotland. Scottish Parliament Justice 2

Anderson, S. et al. (2002) Stalking and Harassment in Scotland.  Edinburgh: The Scottish Executive.

Anderson, S. (1999) ‘Quantifying the “problem of crime” in Scotland’ in Duff and Hutton (eds), Crime and Criminal Justice in Scotland. Dartmouth Press.

Anderson, S. (1999) ‘Crime and social change in rural Scotland’ in Dingwall and Moody (eds), Crime, Criminal Justice and Rural Areas. University of Wales Press.

Anderson, S. (1996) A Study of Police Waiting Time at Court. Edinburgh: The Scottish Executive.

Last Updated: Wed 14 Jan 15