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Research Manager/Associate Director: social research; evaluation – help build a better society

This renowned social research business is thriving as a result of both their creativity of approach and the rigour and quality of their outcomes. Passionate about informing and evaluating policies to improve public services and make them the best they can be, the insight they generate impacts on people’s lives. Striving to improve public policy and inspire a better society is what drives them – in their words “this work makes a massive difference”.

The breadth of work here is far-reaching, from social care (protecting young, vulnerable people, encouraging the overall development of young people), health care (the anti-drugs policy and associated services, reducing drug-related crime), how to make streets safer, encouraging innovation in business… You would get to work on a rich variety of important subjects and challenges.

This role spans both social research and evaluation studies. You might be researching what is actually happening “on the ground” in key public services with key stakeholders, identifying issues and possible improvements, trialling new ideas, running and evaluating pilots, then taking learnings to shape – and then evaluate – national roll outs.  The work includes important, large-scale, highly complex and challenging process, impact and economic evaluations where there are multiple initiatives, audiences and funding streams to be considered.

This is mixed methods work and you would work alongside internal specialists, many of whom are widely considered to be leading lights in their field, and also external experts (leading academics, economists…) in order to create the most robust insight which can be trusted to inform future policy and service development.

You can expect to be managing client relationships, organising and managing projects, carrying out analysis across quant and qual and be involved in developing clients – there is lots of incoming work so you’ll be inputting into proposals and bids.

We are looking for an established mixed methods researcher who is used to and enjoys managing multiple projects, with some public sector/social/not for profit research experience. Important are client facing skills, a passion for analysis and pulling out key themes, good communication and experience of managing end to end projects.

As importantly, we need a strong team player who is down to earth, creative and passionate about what they do. This is a fun, supportive, collaborative team of people who pull together – we need someone who fits in. We need someone who loves what they do and always wants to find new ways of doing things better, whilst being proud of their work and achievements.

This is a place where people stay for the long term and develop themselves and their career; there is a commitment to learning and plenty of opportunity for progression.

If you would like to know more, please contact Stephanie Fairbank either by email: [email protected] or telephone 07595 821535. Visit our website for other great market research jobs:

£35,000 – £50,000 plus benefits

Blended work: London/WFH



Salary: £35,000 – £50,000 plus benefits

Type: All , Evaluation , Mixed methods
Sector: All , Not for Profit / Charity / Social , Public Sector / Government
Ref: SF024330