Hi, I'm Evan. I'm a social researcher and campaigner, originally from Canada and currently living in London, working for Disability Rights UK. I'm particularly interested in quantitative research and data analysis, and my main areas of interest are health, disabilities, education and social policies. My favourite programming language is R, but I also work with Python, SQL and enjoy finding new ways to solve problems. I'm very fond of mapping things, because maps are cool, although the amount of insight you can actually get from a map is often overstated.

I host two datasets that are free for public use, one on registered charities in England and one on speeches made in the UK House of Commons, combined with sentiment analysis.

I have a semi-frequently used Twitter feed, and have a bunch of completed and ongoing projects on GitHub. I've started building Shiny apps, and use Shiny to power my ongoing comparison of the financial advantages (or disadvantages) of cycling to work instead of taking public transit. I've also written three R packages: hansard and mnis for accessing and UK parliamentary data, and parlitools, which provides electoral datasets, cartogram shapefiles and some custom data retrieval tools. I also occasionally write stuff on my blog and have published a few reports and papers.

Besides all this technical stuff, I enjoy running, worrying that my musical tastes make me look like a pretentious snob, trying to read more fiction and enjoying living in a flat in London, rather than in a tent in northern British Columbia, like I used to.

Most recent blog post:

At the British Museum

I finally got the chance to visit the British Library‚Äôs exhibit Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths, one of several shows by cultural institutions attempting to cash in on the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. One of the previous exhibits at the Royal Academy, was criticised by various Leftist types,... [Read More]