Clara Mascaro

/ Clara Mascaro

Clara joined Rocket Science in 2015. She has strong quantitative and qualitative research skills and in her time at Rocket Science has developed expertise in cost-benefit, value for money and impact analyses, as well as a range of other quantitative and qualitative research techniques.  At Rocket Science, Clara has played a key role in evaluating a range of projects  such as the Guided Self Help mental health service in Argyll and Bute, for NHS Highland and a review of employability-related health services for the Glasgow health and Social Care Partnership.

Before joining Rocket Science, Clara completed my undergraduate in Economics and Politics at the University of Edinburgh. During this time, she also became involved in setting up a community hub for swapping and re-using anything from books or clothes, to small household furniture – anything that could be given a second life. This added a new community and third sector perspective to her ongoing interest in political economy and public services.

My recent projects include:

  • Analysing the responses to the Scottish Government’s Creating a Fairer Scotland consultation on the new Scottish employability support system
  • Evaluating the Community Shares Scotland programme for the Big Lottery Fund
  • Developing a cost-benefit analysis of the recommendations included in a report for Dundee City Council on Prevention in Employability
  • Delivering an evaluation of the Guided Self Help programme in Argyll and Bute which offers support to people with low-level common mental health problems
  • Mapping existing voluntary and community sector (VCS) services in County Durham and developing an evaluation framework to support Groundwork Cumbria and North East’s bid for joint Big Lottery and European funding.
  • Community Shares Scotland evaluation – Clara worked on all aspects of the second report of an on-going evaluation. This involved engaging with a range of stakeholders, including community groups, infrastructure organisations and specialist advisors.
  • Tyne and Wear Archives and Museum Culture Track service – Clara worked on the evaluation of the Culture Track programme which is a service for teenagers with disabilities. This involved running focus groups with teenagers in order to get their feedback on the service, including what impact the service made to them.


MA with Honours Economics and Politics (First Class) from the University of Edinburgh.




  • 0131 226 4949
  • Edinburgh

Areas of Expertise

  • Employability and skills
  • Health and Social Care
  • Service and system mapping
  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Qualitative research methods and analysis