Dr Davies is a contributor to the original Green and the Magenta books – the core guidance for those in Government writing and evaluating impact assessments.
From 2000-2007, Dr Davies was a senior civil servant in the UK Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, responsible for policy evaluation and analysis. Before joining the Cabinet Office Dr Davies was a University Lecturer in Social and Political Science at the University of Oxford, and he has held academic positions at the University of Aberdeen and the University of California, San Diego.
Before joining the UK Cabinet Office in November 2000, Dr Davies was a full time academic, having graduated with a doctorate from the University of California, San Diego. He has held academic appointments in the UK and the USA, including Senior Research Fellow at the American Institutes for Research in Washington DC.
Dr Davies has been a leading figure in the development of evidence-based policy in the United Kingdom, and has lectured and consulted in this area across the world. He has been an advisor on evidence-based policy and practice in America, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Norway, South Africa, South Korea and Sweden. He has worked with the African Union Commission and the World Bank to develop impact evaluations and the use of evidence to reduce poverty in Indonesia, Africa and the Middle East.
Dr Davies has also provided leadership in translating lengthy and complex research findings into concise and readable summaries for non-academic audiences. He works internationally with groups whose expertise is in knowledge translation, transfer and brokerage.