Janet Biggar


Janet is an independent policy and social research and evaluation professional, with skills and experience across the full range of methods and approaches working largely for public and third sector clients. 

Janet has worked across a wide range of topic areas including health and social care, democracy and participation, justice, environment, education, employability, disability, transport, and many more. She has expertise in engaging ‘hard to reach’ or ‘vulnerable’ participants such as young people, older people and carers, people with mental ill-health, ex-offenders, people living in poverty/food insecurity, etc. often on sensitive topics. She is a Board member for her local Women’s Aid and a Children’s Panel Member. Janet has extensive experience in workshop design and delivery and in deliberative methods and has been facilitating for Involve regularly over the last few years. 

After her initial science degree Janet’s career began with a brief time in medical research, before she turned to policy and social research, gaining an MBA and a PGDip in Social Research Methods along the way. She worked in the academic and then public sector for many years before moving to an independent private sector agency as Associate Director. She has been working as an independent professional since 2011 for a wide range of clients including the Scottish Government, the Scottish Parliament, UK and Irish government departments, local authorities, various public sector partnerships, NDPBs and agencies, regulatory bodies, the Enterprise Network, various NHS organisations and boards, consumer rights organisations, many third sector clients and a variety of private sector organisations in the retail, tourism, financial, electronics, education, and oil and gas sectors