Crescenzo joined NatCen as a Researcher in January 2020 and is currently working as Senior Researcher in the Health and Social Care Team. As a Researcher, he contributed to the implementation of a range of projects including qualitative studies, rapid evidence assessments, evaluations, secondary analyses, deliberative polling, and surveys. His role involved the moderation of in-depth interviews and focus groups, analysis of primary and secondary data, literature screening, full-text extraction, weight of evidence, charting, and design of data collection tools. As a Senior Researcher, he is responsible for the management of day-to-day delivery of multiple concurrent projects. Crescenzo supports and leads the development of quantitative and qualitative research tools and data collection instruments. He has a leading role in the daily management of fieldwork and in the analysis of quantitative and qualitative data. He is also responsible for the delivery of report and proposal sections, and he has currently co-authored six reports and several proposals.
Crescenzo has worked on a range of projects including: a qualitative study using in-depth interviews exploring how individuals take decisions regarding their pensions (commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions); a rapid evidence assessment exploring consumers’ vulnerability in the funerals market (commissioned by the Competitions and Market Authority); a mixed-methods evaluation of cancer screening programmes in West London which included in-depth interviews with patients and analysis of survey data; a systematic review on the use of tobacco and nicotine-containing products in the UK (commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care); a systematic review and secondary data analysis on disability and transportation; an evaluation of the trials of the NHS Test and Trace Covid-19 app on the Isle of Wight and in the London Borough of Newham (commissioned by the DHSC); a two-waves survey to evaluate the outcome of the DWP’s decision to change how the health assessments for benefit claimants are carried out (commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions); and an exploratory project on the impact of medical cannabis on road safety (commissioned by the Department for Transport). Crescenzo is currently working on the qualitative strand of the fourth wave of Natsal (National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles), on an AHRC’s funded qualitative study on the consequences of Covid-19 on grief and bereavement, on an evaluation of the effects of the credit card ban for gambling in Great Britain, and on a DCMS’s funded evaluation of the £750m VCSE sector support package.
Crescenzo previously worked in a medical market research company, initially as a Researcher then as a Project Manager. In his role as a Researcher, he moderated several qualitative interviews with different stakeholders (such as physicians, public health professionals, carers, and patients) and on a number of medical subjects (including, for example, pain, rare and ultrarare diseases, cancer, COPD, and HIV). As a Project Manager, Crescenzo had the chance to manage the whole lifecycle of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods projects. Crescenzo’s main research interests include ageing, disability, wellbeing, mental health, use and abuse of legal and illegal drugs, public health initiatives and their implementation, health and LGBTQ+ population.