Vanessa Baxter

Senior Research Officer
School of Health and Social Care
 Vanessa Baxter



Vanessa is a Senior Research Officer with extensive experience of research and evaluation within industry and local government. Vanessa has been a Certified Member of the Market Research Society since 1994. While working for Essex County Council for nearly 20 years, Vanessa undertook a wide variety of research, evaluation and engagement projects for a range of services including Adult Social Care, Children’s Social Care and Public Health. This has included supporting projects involving looked after children, young people not in employment, education or training (NEET), carers, bus services and libraries. She now leads on external collaborative research and service evaluations as part of her role as a Senior Researcher for the Health and Care Research Service.


  • BA (Hons) 2:1 in European Studies (French and Spanish) University of Bath, (1986)

  • Certified Member of the Market Research Society The Market Research Society,


University of Essex

  • Senior Researcher, Health & Social Care, University of Essex (5/11/2018 - present)


Journal articles (2)

Ioakimidis, V., O’Connell, L., Baxter, V., Chard, K., Speed, E. and White, G., (2022). Challenge and opportunity: Making sense of the ‘first lockdown’ experience of families with young children and health and social care practitioners in Southend-on-Sea (the United Kingdom). International Social Work. 65 (3), 406-420

Cox, P., McPherson, S., Mason, C., Ryan, M. and Baxter, V., (2020). Reducing Recurrent Care Proceedings: Building a Local Evidence Base in England. Societies. 10 (4), 88-88

Reports and Papers (1)

O'Connell, L., Baxter, V., Ioakimidis, V. and Speed, E., The impact of COVID-19 on families and services in Southend

Grants and funding


Thomas Thomas Films KTP Application (The Wayback) - Dec 2021 deadline

Innovate UK (formerly Technology Strategy Board)


Evaluation: Tendring District Council's Wellbeing Hubs

Tendring District Council

Evaluation of the 99 by 19 project in Southend

Focal Point Gallery

Exploring opportunities for innovation and impact in improving outcomes for children and families. Mid and South Essex Health Care Partnership (MSEHCP)


Evaluation of Dance Network Associations Dance on Prescription Programme

Dance Network Association

Evaluation of the Tendring Health & Care Academy Programme

North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group


Independent evaluation of Strengthening Families Service, Salford

Strengthening Families Service

Evaluation of the YMCA project in Southend: 'Our Voice, Our Passions, Our Future'

Southend YMCA

EVALUATION: Qualitative evaluation of the Thurrock health information app for parents TEDDI

Thurrock Council

Proposal for Evaluation of Community Music project

Community Music Ltd

Evaluation of Communities 360 Dementia Friendly Projects


Proposal to Evaluate the 'Step Together' Service run by Venus Charity, Sefton, Merseyside (Year 3 - Oct 2019 to Sept 2020; Year 4 - Oct 2020 to Sept 2021)

Venus Charity

Literature Review and Critical Analysis of Children�s Centre Services, Reorganisations and Re-provisions


PHE Reproductive Health, Sexual Health and HIV Innovation Fund 2019-20

The Dartington Hall Trust


Evaluation of HomeStart Essex peer researcher project on perinatal information, advice and guidance pathways

Home-Start Essex

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