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Dr Helen Hodges

Dr Helen Hodges

Research Officer, Wales Centre for Public Policy

Cardiff Business School

Currently seconded to the Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre (CASCADE) as a Research Associate on a programme of work for the What Works Centre for Children's Social Care.

Previously based in the Wales Centre for Public Policy, working on a range of assignments in the Centre’s work programme for Welsh Government and Public Services.

Helen recently completed her PhD in Criminology.  Her research interests are around the use of administrative data to provide a robust evidence base to inform policy and practice, with her thesis demonstrating the utility of using Bayesian approaches in the context of risk assessment processes within the youth justice system.  She has previously worked in analytical roles in a range of public sector organisations using local authority, police and health data.


PhD in Criminology, Swansea University

Masters in Social Research Methods (Social Policy), University of Birmingham

Degree predominately in maths and statistics, Open University

Masters in Tourism and Leisure, Lancaster University

BSc (Hons) Sport, Administration and Science, Nottingham Trent University

Hodges, HR and Bristow, D (2019). Analysis of the Factors Contributing to the High Rates of Care in Wales.  Available from:

Collard, S, Hodges, HR and Worthington, P (2019). Responding to citizens in debt to public services.  Available from:

Hodges, HR (2018).  Towards a Bayesian Approach in Criminology: A Case Study of Risk Assessment in Youth Justice. 10.23889/Suthesis.48027

Hodges, H, (2017). Is this normal? deciding which test of association to use: An example using youth offending service data. SAGE Research Methods Cases. 10.4135/9781526411372


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