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Madeleine Stevens

Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Madeleine Stevens

I am a mixed methods researcher in the fields of social care and mental health. I work across service types to explore what aspects of services are helpful and to who, and the barriers and facilitators for improving effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of services. I work with practitioners, people who receive services, and carers, as well as those who may avoid services. We use a variety of methods for involving the public in designing and conducting research. Current and recent research includes projects involving young carers, parent carers, housing difficulties for older people,  peer support and strengths- and relationships-based approaches in adult social care.

I have been a researcher at the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science since 2010 and previously at the Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, the Child Health Research and Policy Unit, and the Family and Child Psychology Research Centre at City University, London.


Countries UK;
Topics New models of care; Rights and people’s voices in LTC systems; Stigma and discrimination; Unmet needs; Unpaid / informal care;
Methods Mixed methods; Qualitative studies; Theory of Change; Trials and other evaluations;
Role Research;
Research interests
  • Exploring facilitators and barriers to effectiveness of services that are supposed to support people
  • Strengths- and relationships-based approaches
  • Youth mental health, parenting, family and carers support (including young carers, parent carers)
  • Preventative, public health and place-based interventions to address wellbeing inequalities, cognition and mental health



Key publications

Stevens, M., Clark, M., Carlisle, J., Brimblecombe, N., MacGill, M., Supporting meaningful implementation and evaluation of strengths-based approaches in adult social care: A theory of change for The Three Conversations (submitted)

Stevens, M., Matosevic, T., Suarez-Pinilla, M., Pais, S., Rossor, M., Knapp, M. (2023), The link between cognitive health and neighbourhood: perceptions of the public, and of policy-makers, about problems and solutions, BMC Public Health 23 (1694)

Stevens, M., Brimblecombe, N., Bou, C., Wittenberg, R.(2022), Thinking about caring for older relatives in the future: A qualitative exploration, Ageing & Society First View , pp. 1 – 20

Stevens, M., Cartagena Farias, J., Mindel, C., D’Amico, F., Evans-Lacko, S. (2022) Pilot evaluation to assess the effectiveness of youth peer community support via the Kooth online mental wellbeing website, BMC Public Health 22(1903).

Stevens, M., Brimblecombe, N. (2021) What can the experiences of young adult carers tell us about what can make services more helpful for them and their families?, Journal of Youth Studies 25(9), DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2021.